Can you picture Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen as a running back?
It sounds like Allen’s heart is at the position.
In a cool interview with ESPN’s David Pollack, Allen revealed that he would choose running back if he could pick any position to play on offense. Check out the exchange between Pollack and Allen from the clip, which you can watch in its entirety here:
“Running back, of course. Running back,” Allen said. “That’s what I played growing up. That’s what I want to play. That’s where my heart’s at — running back.”
“So you’d rather play running back than defensive end?” Pollack said.
“Oh, of course,” Allen said. “Whenever you get the ball, that’s always a good thing.”
Opponents should be glad Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban never catered to Allen’s love for the position.
Allen, who’s 6-foot-3, 291 pounds, would be a beast to bring down if opponents had to deal with him coming out of the backfield. Still, he made his presence felt on Alabama’s defensive line during the Crimson Tide’s run to a third consecutive SEC title. He has 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks this season.
It will be fun to watch Allen when Alabama plays Washington in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. Perhaps Saban will humor us all and allow the ball to be handed off to Allen a few times.
Where would Jonathan Allen play on offense?
"Running back. That's what I played growing up"
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 20, 2016