Dwayne Allen has put the pads away for the offseason.
However, his work is just beginning off the field as Allen is picking back up his books and heading back to school.
Clemson University is the destination for Allen as the rookie tight end is taking some online courses in his pursuit of a degree after leaving school a year earlier to continue his dream of playing in the NFL.
That dream became a reality quickly in his rookie campaign with Allen starting all 16 games and contributing 45 receptions for 521 yards and three touchdowns.
Those numbers ranked at the top of all first-year rookies at the tight end position but Allen was left with unanswered questions while cleaning out his locker earlier this week.
‘What if this happened?’ Definitely the what ifs,” Allen said of his thoughts following Sunday’s 24-9 loss to the Ravens. ‘What if this happened? What if I was here?’ Different stuff like that that possibly could have affected the game.”
Allen had four catches for 51 yards on Sunday and once again was a reliable, consistent target for quarterback Andrew Luck.
On Monday morning, the attentive Allen was tuned in to head coach Chuck Pagano’s final team meeting before the players departed to their respective offseason destinations.
“Coach just went over how proud he was of this team and what he thought about us and the character that every one of us showed going through what we went through throughout the year,” Allen said.
“He also talked about the team that he wants to coach, the team that he wants to have in Indianapolis and the bar is set high for us to succeed in the coming years.”
Always critiquing his game, Allen has one particular item in mind when discussing his plans on the field during the offseason.
His 45 receptions are a Colts rookie tight end record but his expectations are higher heading into year two.
“I wasn’t very conditioned throughout this year because of everything I had to do before the season, with the combine getting ready for the draft and pro day and all that stuff,” Allen said. “Hopefully I’ll take advantage of this offseason and get in the best shape possible so when it’s third-and-whatever and my team calls on me to make a big play, I’ll be there.”
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