Alabama Defensive End Jonathan Continues as Leader of Tide Special Unit

Jonathan Allen could have made the decision last January to bypass his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. Pass rushers are prime targets of general managers. USC probably wish he chose the lucrative option. He harassed the Trojan quarterbacks affecting the passing game and contributed to the suffocating run defense as Alabama (no. 1, 1-0, 0-0) soundly defeated USC (no. 20, 0-1, 0-0) 52-6 last evening at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

He deflected two passes and had four solo tackles, two were sacks (-15 yards).  The 6-3, 291 pound senior led the 2015 team with 12 sacks.  Jonathan Allen and the Alabama front seven held USC to 64 yards rushing on 30 carries.  The Trojans were just 4-of-18 on third down conversions with a total offense of 194 yards.    He is lighting up opponents with eight sacks in the last seven games.

USC led 3-0 after the first quarter.  The slow start by Bama offensively was on the mind of Allen and company.  “I mean, it’s our job, you know? The offense is always going to take a little time to get started early on in the season, especially when we’re having a quarterback battle. As a defense, it’s our job to help our offense out, and they’re going to help us out later in the season. We were really just feeding off them. We kept telling them, ‘Stay positive, we’re going to go out there, going to get the ball back for you guys.’ Once they started rolling, the team really started clicking.”

Many coordinators on the schedule will wish Allen pursued a professional career earlier.  Tide fans are thrilled he stayed in Tuscaloosa for one more year. spoke to the dominating defensive end after the impressive win over the Pac-12 opponent. 


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