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The Allen File
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Education: 2004, B.S, Political Science, FAU
Marital Status: Wife, Brynn
Children: Creighton (8), Pierson (5) and Blair (2)
Allen joined the staff in fall 2009 as a graduate assistant in 2009 and since that time he has served as a position coach for every unit on the offensive side of the ball, with the exception of offensive line, and he has served under every FAU head coach since the program’s inception in 2001.
His first position as a full time assistant was with the wide receivers. 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. Allen worked with the inexperienced unit which saw Graham Wilbert take hold of the position.
In 2012 under the direction of a new coach, 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 the seasons 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. 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. In 2013, Allen's deep unit was able to provide more protection than in years past while hauling in 20% of the team's receptions. Dorvilus was responsible for six touchdown receptions which was tied for the team lead, despite sharing his time with two other tight ends. The unit accounted for nearly half of the team's TD receptions (7 of 16). Dorvilus earned honorable mention All-Conference for his efforts.
Allen remained with the program in 2014 as Partridge assembled his staff but, moved to director of player personnel/external relations, a position that would best allow Partridge to lean on Allen's knowledge of the area, the local high schools and their coaching staffs. He also handled “Pro Day”, worked with the NFL scouts and many of the day-to-day team task off the field.
With the recruiting foundations laid, Allen will move back to a full-time coaching position in 2015 as the running backs coach. The Owls returned four backs with game experience as well as a quarterback that has been a major ground game contributor. The Owls concluded the 2015 campaign used three different starting backs and a total of eight ball carriers to tally 1,977 yards, the second most in program history. The backs also accounted for 26 receptions for a total of 278 yards, an average of 10.7 yards per catch. The 2016 backfield is expected to be deep unit which has the potential to go five or six deep.
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 and in some cases is listed No. 2 behind 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)