Allen Fails first caught the eye of the defensive staff back in the Spring where he really stood out at OLB.
After a productive Summer with Zac Woodfin Fails is gone from 6-2 213 lbs. to a solid 230. With the added weight and strength the staff thought they would take an opportunity to put his speed to work at the Wolf hybrid defensive end position. It has proved to be a stroke of genius. Fails comes off the edge with tremendous speed and he has shown a natural ability to keep big offensive tackles off of his body with hand strikes. He is violent with his hands.
Fails came to Southern Miss last Spring from ECCC where he started out as wide receiver, which is further testament to his speed. He transitioned to OLB during his sophomore season at ECCC. After an impressive sophomore campaign Allen started getting interest from Cincinnati, Miss. State, and South Alabama. He camped at UC and MSU. He put on a show at MSU recording a 4.5 forty yard dash and an impressive 36 inch vertical. MSU tried to convince Fails to walk on as thy were out of scholarships. With Fails
Being a former start football and basketball player at North Forest, he decided if he was going to walk on anywhere it would be at home and with the University of Southern Mississippi.
As Fails continues to flourish at the Wolf end position, I am sure our coaches feel fortunate to have such an impressive athlete just fall into their laps. Allen has been impressive enough backing up Darian Yancey that it has allowed the bigger and more physical JaBoree Poole to work at both the Wolf and Bandit End positions. Allen Fails has made the defensive line better as well as deeper. Fails will also put his athleticism and size to use on many of the Eagles special teams. Allen Fails is developing into one of many walk-ons that have gone on to greatness for Southern Miss over many years. Keep your eyes on #50 folks, he will be visiting opposing offensive backfields early and often this season.