And the good news for him is so far it's working.
Late last week, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden told CUTigers.com Allen would likely play this season because of his speed.
"He's the fastest tight end we've got," Bowden said. "We'll probably use him on a good bit on special teams too."
CUTigers.com caught up with the former four-star prospect on Saturday after the second major scrimmage of preseason camp to get his thoughts on life in college thus far.
A video interview and transcript has been provided below:
Allen: A lot better. Some of the things the coach told me to do were to concentrate on my steps and my assignments. Those were the things that I was messing up with in last weeks scrimmage. I rebounded this week and had a pretty good scrimmage.
Is the biggest adjustment for you the mental piece of the game at Clemson?
Allen: Definitely, definitely, it has been a challenge for me. Slowly but surely I am rising to the top.
Are the older guys helping you make the adjustments?
Allen: Definitely, the tight end core here is a big family. We know that whenever we go through scrimmages we are being evaluated and that it is a competition. But at the end of the day we are a family and that is how we treat each other.
What is the staff telling you right now as far as a redshirt?
Allen: Still no word. Hopefully my strong performance here today in the scrimmage will allow me to play this year.
One of the reasons you selected Clemson in the recruiting process was for the opportunity to play early. Is that still important to you?
Allen: Definitely, I would love the opportunity to play as a true freshman. But if coach Bowden thinks he needs me to redshirt for the benefit of the team then that is what I have to do.
How do you feel the team will do this year?
Allen: We are going to do great. As long as we keep it one game at a time.
What do you guys need to improve on over the next two weeks to be ready for Alabama?
Allen: Mental toughness. We need to learn how to push through fatigue, just never give up.