QB Diaries: Zach Allen Injures Shoulder

Zach Allen's Temple Wildcats lost in a surprising defeat this week. To make matters worse, Allen was knocked out of the game with an injury. He spoke to CuseNation.com about the injury, how serious it is, and Syracuse's big win.

Syracuse commit Zach Allen has been putting up big numbers for Temple High this season. Unfortunately, their season hit a road block this week as they suffered a surprising loss. But that wasn't the worst part. Allen injured his shoulder in the game. He spoke about that and more with Cusenation.com.

"Well, to be honest, it was a pretty bad game," Allen explained. "I was injured before the game and decided I was going to play. I ended up hurting myself worse. 

"The second string quarterback came in and he got hurt. So we were down to our third string quarterback. Just offensively and defensively we didn't play very well. We lost the game by a lot that we should've won."

The injury is not considered serious long-term. But it will impact Allen this season. He says he will miss at least this next game and see how it goes from there.

"I had hurt my AC joint in week three," Allen recalled. "And then it just continued to get worse each game. It's my shoulder. It's pretty messed up. I decided I was going to play but ended up hurting it worse. We ran a lot of the zone-read, and I just took a couple too many hits on it I guess.

"I'm not going to play this week. I mean, it's just tough. It's a tough decision. As a coaching staff and the medical doctors on our team, they decided it was best if I didn't play this week. We'll see after that. We need to win one of the next two games to make the playoffs. If we lose the first game this week, then I'll probably play the second week."

The good news is that Allen's injury is not considered serious long-term. With a few weeks rest, it should heal right up. His future at Syracuse does not appear to be in any sort of danger. 

Knowing he is out this week, Allen is taking on a different role with the team. That said, he is still going to try to lead his team by mentoring his replacement. 

"Everyone's a little bit down now on the team with our two best offensive players being out," Allen described. "I'm just going to have to be a vocal leader and really help out the third string quarterback. Just tell him about the reads, and just help out.  Just be the best vocal leader I can be."

On the positive side of things, Allen was able to watch Syracuse's thrilling come from behind win over South Florida. He was impressed with the Orange's ability to come back. 

"It was a huge win for Syracuse," Allen said. "Coach Doug Marrone and Coach Nathaniel Hackett did an unbelievable job of coming in at halftime and talking to the guys. Telling them that they're not out of it and to keep fighting. That's what they did and they came back and won the game.

"Ryan Nassib did an unbelievable job leading the team down on the final drive, and getting the touchdown to win the game. I was extremely excited. That was a huge catch. Big things are going to come for him and the Syracuse program. It was just a big step. It was a big win to comeback from behind. I'm pretty sure everyone in the Syracuse community is excited about the win."

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