While national writers were flipping their lids about LSU's Brad Wing not being one of the finalists, Allen, Louisiana's other superb punter, had in his pocket the nation's #1 ranking in punts inside the 20-yard line (37) and punts inside the 10-yard line (20). Allen's mastery of the art of the "coffin-corner" kick won him the award, as only 6% of his punts resulted in a touchback.
After the 2010 campaign, Allen spent the off-season in Alabama working with punting coach Mike McCabe, who personally instructed last year's winner, Chas Henry of Florida.
A native of Salem, Oregon, Allen started his college career at nearby Oregon State where he began as a walk-on. "The other kid I walked-on with ended up getting the starting role," Allen recounts. "It was a blessing in disguise [because] I got to keep my redshirt freshman year."
Allen went to a camp in Las Vegas while he searched for a transfer destination. Louisiana Tech's soon-to-be head coach, Sonny Dykes, was at the camp, and Allen found his way to Ruston.
"It’s been a punter’s dream," Allen said of Louisiana Tech's WAC championship season. "I’ve been blessed to be in certain instances where I could switch the field position and pin them inside their 20. I couldn’t ask for a better season and for the opportunities I’ve been given."
Of Allen's 26 punts that were returned, only one was returned for five yards or more (11 were returned for one, zero, or negative yards; 14 more were returned for less than five yards).