La. Tech punter first to go back to back

Placed atop Ryan Allen’s Louisiana Tech player profile is a quote by ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore: “Good things happen when Ryan Allen is on the field.”

Ray Allen

Ryan Allen was a first-team All-American in 2012.

Plenty of good things have happened as a result of Allen’s play on the field, with no better representation than two Ray Guy Awards to his name.

Since the award’s inception in 2000, Allen became the first punter to win back-to-back Ray Guys, and just the second to be recognized as the best punter in the land (Baylor’s Daniel Sepulveda, 2004 & ’06).

Upon transferring to Louisiana Tech, his impact was immediate and unforgettable.

“It’s been crazy,” Allen said after winning his second Ray Guy Award. “Louisiana Tech wasn’t my first choice. It’s been an unexpected journey.”

In his three seasons as a Bulldog, Allen’s staggering statistics included the following: 183 punts for 8,223 yards with 78 kicks landing inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

Allen’s career-long (and NCAA’s longest in 2012) punt distance, which came against New Mexico State last season.

In 2012 — his second Ray Guy Award-winning season — Allen was a consensus first-team All-American after averaging 48 yards per boot and had 21 punts of 50-plus yards. His career long was an 85-yarder against New Mexico State in October.

The following is a quote from a story leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft: “I’m very versatile in who I am as a punter. I know my leg swing. I’m very good into the wind just because I hold onto the ball. I always preach directional, and if I need to put more emphasis on hang time and less on distance, I’m able to do it.”

Almost unbelievably when looking back now, Allen never received his chance to sign while at Oregon State, where his uncle was a star football player and father played basketball. Allen is from Salem, Ore.

Allen’s bio information

 February 28, 1990 (Salem, Ore.)
 West Salem High School (Salem, Ore.); All-State first-team selection in 2007
 6-foot-2, 215 pounds
After transferring from Oregon State to Louisiana Tech, Allen flourished. In his first Ray Guy Award-winning campaign, he amassed 83 punts and averaged a school-best 46.3-yard average. He ranked first in the nation with 39 punts inside the 20-yard line.

As a senior, Allen upped his averaged to country-leading 48.0 yards per punt, including 21 of 50 yards or more and 20 that were downed inside the 20-yard line. He was a consensus All-American.

 Projected seventh-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by most.
 Averaged 45.4 yards per punt as New England Patriots’ full-time punter in 2013.

Allen talks about winning back to back Ray Guy Awards