Jonathan Allen didn’t go to the NFL after his junior season like many Alabama football players.
It’s a good thing he didn’t.
Allen has been an imposing force for the Crimson Tide’s defense this season, even putting his name into consideration for the Heisman Trophy.
Why didn’t Allen go pro? He discussed that on Saturday morning on a segment on ESPN’s College GameDay with analyst David Pollack.
“It was kind of a business decision for me,” Allen told Pollack. “Looking at it, I had to have surgery, I got a second, third round grade, which I wasn’t quite particularly happy with or satisfied with so I figured that I could go back, get my degree, graduate, and improve my stock at the same time. So it was kind of a win-win situation.”
Allen has 35 tackles and six sacks — one of those a devastating hit on Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight that Allen also discussed on the segment.
Not only has Allen done a remarkable job of rushing the passer, but he’s also scored a pair of defensive touchdowns on fumble recoveries. Perhaps that’s why he told Pollack his dream offensive position would be one where he’d get the ball in his hands quite a bit.
“That’s what I played growing up, that’s what I want to play, and that’s where my heart is at,” Allen said in the segment.
Watch the full segment below:
Bama lineman Jonathan Allen has thrust himself into the Heisman conversation with some jaw-dropping defensive play. https://t.co/2Cl8ftRNNW
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The Crimson Tide play at LSU on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.