The Pacific Northwest features two of the premier small college players in the nation and both, coincidentally, are tight ends. With teams placing more emphasis in the passing game at that position, Allan and Western Oregon’s Kevin Boss have drawn considerable attention from professional scouts for their all-around game.
Despite a lack of top-level competition, Allan not only dominated his opponents on a weekly basis, but also fared quite well in post-season all-star games, making a lot of NFL offensive coordinators take notice in his talents. Even though he played four seasons at the school, he saw limited action as a freshman, not catching any passes. But, he made up for lost time the last three years and closed out his Whitworth career as the school’s record-holder for yards gained per catch (18.7 avg) and career touchdown receptions (29).
Allan attended Interlake High School, where he was a receiver in a wing-T offense that rarely threw the ball. The team finished his senior season with a 0-9 record, causing Allan to not be recruited by any of the major colleges for football. He was more recognized for his basketball skills and could have attended a major university on a hoops scholarship, but had his heart set on playing football.
He enrolled at Whitworth in 2002, spending the season on the scout team as a wide receiver at 213 pounds. Allan grew out of that position and shifted to tight end in 2003, but saw just limited action in seven games. He appeared strictly on special teams and did not catch any passes.
In 2004, Allan earned All-Northwest Conference honors after taking over starting tight end duties, as he would go on to start his next 29 contests. He finished third on the squad with 29 receptions for 409 yards (14.1 avg) and five touchdowns. He earned AFCA All-American honors in 2005, as Allan led the conference with a 19.2-yard average on 36 catches for 693 yards in eight games. He also set the school season-record with fifteen scoring grabs.
Allan was again named All-American by the AFCA in 2006, along with receiving his third consecutive All-NWC honor. He hauled in a career-high 53 passes and became the second player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving (1,100) in a season. He also had nine scoring grabs.
Allan started 29 of 36 games at Whitworth. He hauled in 118 passes for 2,202 yards (18.7 avg) with a school career-record 29 touchdowns. He scored 174 points and also recorded three tackles (2 solos) on special teams.
Holds the school career-record with 29 touchdown receptions, topping the previous mark of 24 scores by Sam Adams (1948-51)…His fifteen touchdown grabs in 2005 broke the old Whitworth season-record of thirteen by Doug Long in 1975…His fifteen total touchdowns that year equaled the school season-record first set by John Murio in 1961…Allan’s 18.7-yard average per catch topped the previous school career-record of 17.3 yards by Matt Stueckle (1996-99)…Holds the school game-record with 251 yards receiving vs. Puget Sound in 2006, topping the previous mark of 219 yards by Wayne Ralph vs. Willamette in 1986 and matched by Jason Tobeck vs. Willamette in 1993…Began a string of twelve consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception (from the 11/13/04 Pacific Lutheran game to the 9/16/06 La Verne clash).
Little All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and the Associated Press…Added Division III All-American first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association…Earned All-Northwest Conference first-team honors for the third consecutive year…Led the NWC in touchdown receptions (9) and yards per catch average (20.8), as Allan led the team with a career-high 53 catches, gaining 1,100 yards…Also recorded three tackles (2 solos) on special teams while starting all twelve games…Gained over 100 yards receiving in five contests.
All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association…All-Northwest Conference first-team choice…Added All-Western Region first-team honors… Led the league with an 18.7-yard average on 36 receptions for 693 yards…Set the school season-record by hauling in fifteen touchdown passes while starting all eight games… Became the first player in school history to catch at least one touchdown pass in every game during a season.
All-Northwest Conference first-team selection in his first season as a starter, moving to tight end during the off-season…Finished third on the team with 29 receptions for 409 yards (14.1 avg) and five touchdowns in nine games.
Appeared in seven games, seeing action mostly on special teams…Did not catch any passes.
Redshirted as as freshman, spending the season as a wide receiver on the scout team.
Attended Interlake (Bellevue, Wash.) High School, playing football for head coach Hoover Hopkins…Was a receiver in a wing-T offense that rarely threw the ball…The team finished his senior season with a 0-9 record…Also lettered in basketball.
Mass Communications/Journalism major…Born 9/08/83…Resides in Bellevue, Washington.