Allen's heart has always been on the gridiron

After playing baseball for four years, Sac City QB Cody Allen (6-2, 210) decided he missed football too much and showed up in the summer of 2009 ready to lead the Panther passing attack. The stats he put up last fall were so good he was named a First Team Preseason All-American by JCGridwire and he's already off to an excellent start in 2010...

"After I finished up high school, I was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 10th round," Allen told "I was in their system for four years and then I got traded to the Chicago White Sox and I had a really good season, but I was just missing football too much and I'm a physical guy, so I made some calls and decided to come home and play ball and see if I could get an opportunity to play football again."

Last season, which was the first time he'd thrown a football since 2005, Allen completed nearly 61% of his passes for 3,296 yards, 30 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

"It was good sorta getting the rust off and feeling the game a little more," Allen said. "I'm athletic and I can scramble when I need to make a play with my legs, but I prefer using my arm and getting the ball into my playmakers' hands."

This year, Allen is off to another good start, leading his team to a 2-1 record by completing 55.3% of his passes for 750 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions and schools have started to take notice of his exploits.

"During the spring, I got the feeling Arizona was close to offering, but they haven't yet," Allen said. "Sacramento State has offered me for football and track, I throw the javelin, and North Texas and Cincinnati have been looking at me too.

"That's about it right now, but I figure if I'm worthy of a scholarship, a school will offer and it will be the right school."

Allen is a very good student and could leave at any time, but I expects to stay at Sac City into the spring so he can take part in their track season.

Wherever he ends up, Allen will have three years to play two following the 2010 season.

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