QB Diaries: Zach Allen Previews Season

Zach Allen kicks off his QB Diaries with CuseNation.com by previewing his upcoming senior season.

Temple (TX) senior and Syracuse commit Zach Allen is in preparation for his season opener on Friday. He spoke with CuseNation.com about his expectations for the season.

"We're real excited for this year," Allen declared. "We're planning on having a great year. We have a lot of skill guys returning. Our line with Freddie Johnson, who's committed to Southern Methodist, has done a great job being a leader to the younger lineman. At the scrimmage we took care of business. Everything's positive so far. So we're really excited.

"There's been a ton of energy. The scrimmage, we flew around especially the defense. They shut out Midland, who we scrimmaged against, the first team defense did. Offensively, we're clicking. I was 10 for 11 with two touchdowns in the first quarter. Receivers ran great routes. We have three backs that did a great job. Everything is positive and we're all fired up and excited for Friday."

Temple plays Round Rock High on Friday for their season opener. Allen says they are ready to go.

"We're going to prepare like we do for any game," Allen detailed. "Round Rock is a great school and has a great football team. We're going to do what we do. We feel very comfortable with it. It's going to be a lot of throwing the ball and a lot of running the ball. A lot of different types of paces. We're just excited.

"We watched them on film and we have a game plan. We put it in the last two days. The rest of the week we're going to keep putting it in and get ready to go beat Round Rock."

Looking beyond the first game, expectations are high for Allen despite the competition in Texas high school football.

"If we make the playoffs this year we'll be one of three schools to have 40 playoff appearances," he explained. "We really want to be that team to put us at 40, to have that mark. We feel like we can do it. But we want to do more than just make a playoff appearance. It's a great district and it's definitely going to be hard. But we're looking for a district championship.

"We're going to go out and compete every game. If we have the mentality that we can't be beat, then that's what will happen."

Winning anything in Texas high school football is difficult. The crowds are large, intensity great, and the importance of winning is at a premium. It's something Allen is thankful for being able to experience.

"Definitely blessed to play high school football here," he stated. "There's nothing like Friday night lights. Especially at a tradition-rich school like Temple. The stadium's packed. Ours holds 14 to 16 thousand. Every game is packed. It's unbelievable when you break through the tunnel and you see all the lights on and the band playing and the crowd's cheering. Everyone's out there supporting your team. It really makes you want to go out and not let down.

"I'm blessed to be able to play high school football at Temple. There's nothing like it, there really isn't,"

The leadership role is something Allen has really focused on during the offseason.

"This year I've really looked to take on more if a leadership role," he said. "I was always one of the younger guys on the team when I was a sophomore and junior. This year is really my time to step up and be more of a vocal leader. Really encourage guys and tell them what to do. Be encouraging. Not really breaking down but tell them what they're doing right and what they need to work on.

"Obviously for myself, just attacking every rep every drill going one hundred percent. Just knowing this is my last year of high school football, I don't want to leave anything on the field. I take pride in working on every aspect of my game. Because I know there's going to be a great quarterback competition when I do get to Syracuse and I want to be the best I can be."

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