Bulls Safety Nate Allen" It was amazing"

The Bulls played a ball hawking defense against WVU, causing six turnovers. USF safety Nate Allen had two of them. Find out what he had to say about the big win, how loud the stadium was, and silencing the doubters. Only on USFNation.com. Get it First, Get it Fast!

It seems that every week USF has a new player stepping up and making plays that are helping the team continue its winning ways. USF is off to its best start since 1998, opening up with a 4-0 record including wins over two top twenty teams including a milestone victory against number five West Virginia last Friday night at Raymond James Stadium in front of a sellout crowd. 

 

In a year that has been full of surprises to anyone not familiar with the program, the play of sophomore safety Nate Allen cannot be overlooked. Against West Virginia he had a team leading 12 tackles, a score saving interception in the end zone, and a fumble recovery that he returned for 44 yards. How would Nate describe the experience against West Virginia?

 

"It was amazing! It was a great environment. It was [hard to hear the signals]. We were having a hard time hearing everything."

 

Although a shy person, Nate's newfound success has garnered him all types of types of attention.

 

"This is the greatest feeling in the world right now! Everybody is coming up to me and telling me ‘good game."

 

Not only has the local notoriety grown but also Nate has already garnered national recognition by winning the Bronco Nagurski Award for National Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Auburn.

 

"This is an awesome feeling. It's amazing. God is blessing me so much and I'm just thankful for it."

 

All this success at safety is not too shabby for a guy who came in recruited as a quarterback. Bulls head coach Jim Leavitt gave him the choice of playing safety or quarterback, but the opportunity at safety gave him a chance to see the field earlier. He took the job and ran with it.

 

"Well, I'm able to make big plays at safety. I'm not looking at quarterback anymore because Matt [Grothe] is doing a great job there. That's out of my mind, definitely!"

 

Even though the Bulls are ranked 6th in AP poll and 9th in the USA Today/ESPN Coach's poll; that is not say the Bulls are without their doubters. The Bulls have received harsh criticism from local sports pundits Steve Deumig of 620 AM WDAE here in Tampa along with Mike Thomas, a sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel.

 

"Even people back home doubted us. We don't listen that. We just have to continue to keep focused and execute. We have to do what we have to do."

 

Despite the criticism, there is no denying Nate's playmaking ability. In four games so far this season Nate has had a hand in at least seven turnovers including three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Each win helps the Bulls get closer to their preseason goal of winning the Big East Championship.

 

"It gives us confidence but right now we have to stay focused and get ready for FAU."

 


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