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2012 - Florida Atlantic (Tight Ends)
2011 - Florida Atlantic (Quarterbacks)
2010 - Florida Atlantic (Wide Receivers)
2009 - Florida Atlantic (Offensive Graduate Assistant)
Bowl Games as a Player
2003 Playoffs (Division I-AA)
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The Allen File
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Education: 2004, B.S, Political Science, FAU
Marital Status: Wife, Brynn
Children: Creighton (6), Pierson (2)
Allen joined the staff in fall 2009 as a graduate assistant and was elevated to assistant coach in January 2010. In his first season as a collegiate assistant coach, Allen watched senior Lester Jean flourish. Jean was named second team all-conference and became FAU's first East/West Shrine Game invitee. Jean then joined the Houston Texans as a free agent where he was a member of the 2012-13 play-off roster. Allen began recruiting in the spring of 2010 and moved from wide receivers to quarterbacks as the team began preparation for 2011. The quarterback position came out of the spring undecided with no clear-cut leader among the four. As preseason camp opened questions remained, Graham Wilbert was named a week before the opener. Wilbert suffered a mid-season set back allowing David Kooi the opportunity to step forward only to see sophomore Stephen Curtis take advantage by surpassing Kooi for the No. 2 spot upon Wilbert's return. Allen worked with the inexperienced unit and saw flashes of winning football among the four who had a total of 13 collegiate pass attempts entering the 2011 season. In 2012, the FAU Alum moved once more to tight ends coach. The new offensive system required more of the position than in years past and Allen and his corps responded. At season's end junior Nexon Dorvilus earned second team All-SBC and the team's Student Athlete of the year award while sophomore Alex Deleon earned the program's first Iron Owl Award for his off-season efforts in the weight room and in conditioning drills. Both awards exemplify the hard work and dedication that the tight ends bring to their lives, not just to the sport of football. On the field, the duo combined for 14 starts, 43 catches 378 yards and six scores. Dorvilus ended the season tops among all receivers with five touchdowns and third on the team with 301 receiving yards.
Jared Allen is a founding member of the FAU football program, a program that saw him play in the first 47 games (every game from 2001-2004). Allen was also under center when FAU captured it first Division I-A victory in just the 22nd game of the program's existence. He then guided the Owls to an 11-3 finish and NCAA Division I-AA semifinal finish. The following season, the Oklahoma native traveled to Hawaii where the team dealt the University of Hawaii its only home-field loss in 2004. FAU finished 9-3 in 2004, including a five-game win streak to open the season, all on the road due to hurricanes. Allen concluded his four-year career with 8,100 yards, 50 touchdowns and a program-best 135.1 efficiency rating. He remains a leader in nearly every category in some cases listed no. 2 behind recent alum Rusty Smith.
Professional Playing Career
Allen had the opportunity to play as an undrafted free agent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2005 and 2006. He was named the Tampa Bay rookie Mini-Camp MVP in 2005. Allen was on the Buccaneers roster through the off-season, training camp and preseason both years. The Buccaneers allocated Allen to play in NFL Europe in 2006 for the Amsterdam Admirals. In Europe he had the privilege of starting at quarterback in the WorldBowl.
Post Playing Career
Allen worked in medical sales for just under two years. During that time he also co-directed, with his oldest brother Jason, the Top Gun Challenge, a national quarterback competition. Allen worked many quarterback camps and clinics following his 2004 FAU graduation and prior to becoming an FAU graduate assistant in 2009.
Professional Players Coached
Lester Jean (Houston Texans-free agent)