Draft Diary- QB Jared Allen

After a terrific week at the East-West Game with Jason Leach we move further west and now follow the exploits of Florida Atlantic quarterback Jared Allen, one of the top small school passers in the nation. Already invited to the combine, Allen hopes to continue the good impression he's made on NFL scouts at this All Star classic.

We'll follow Jared as he prepares for the biggest moment of his life- the NFL Draft. And while he'll check in with us from time-to-time he starts off at the Hula Bowl, in beautiful Maui. Just arriving Monday evening, Jared gives us an idea of his first impressions and what the initial practice was like.

I've been looking forward to this week ever since coach Shnellenberger informed me I had received an invitation to play in the game. I spent the last week training in Memphis with Tredell Dorsey of Velocity. I plan on returning to Memphis after the game where I'll go through more combine specific training.

My first impressions of the Hula Bowl were good ones. Most of the guys, including myself, got to Maui late Monday night, so we did not get to see the resort and its surroundings until today. The East team, which I play on, had the early practice this morning. Getting up after the long flight last night wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be. We went to Denny's for an all you can eat breakfast then headed to the field for team pictures. It was on the drive to practice that I got my first glimpse of how beautiful Maui is!

After pictures we had our first team meeting in which Coach Frank Solich explained all the rules and procedures for how things will be done. The playbook today consisted of simple I-formation run and pass plays, with some occasional shotgun split formations. We have some strong looking offensive linemen that should give us quarterback's some great protection. For the most part it was laid back.

My roommate is Chris Laskowski also from Florida Atlantic. I am happy we are roommates after all we have been together in building the FAU football program. The opportunity to experience the Hula Bowl with him is a great reward. It is also great playing with the guys that I have played against throughout my career at FAU. I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of the players throughout the course of the week.


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