The Big, Little Braves X-Factor: The Jon Allen StoryPosted: Updated:
He claims he's 5'10... 5'10.5. Head coach Scott Biglin believes senior defensive end Jon Allen is more like 5'8... 5'9. The roster on game day lists him as 5'11. The only number everyone agrees on his sack total. This third year player holds the school record with 35 career sacks. A record previously held by former Brave and Washington State Linebacker Al Genatone.
Allen said, "It's alright I don't care if I'm small. I mean everyone else is pretty much bigger than me. I'm used to it. So... If he puts me down a couple inches it's not that big of a deal."
Coach Biglin added, "He's got god given ability and talent. He's a specimen.. And he works hard. He's our best player. He's the best player in the league."
Allen continued by saying, "One of my advantages would be my speed. And maybe even how small I am because I can get past all the big guys. So I believe that's something that can definitely help me to get to the quarterback and get all my sacks."
He's now chasing another mark, the season total sack record, which stands at 16. Allen sitting on 15 sacks entering Saturday's game against Mount Spokane.
Allen said, "At the record board at lunch I was seeing all the records, and I was pointing out the one's that I could possibly break. And I was just hoping to set a goal, which was I could break. And hoping I can do that."
By season's end coach and the team may not agree on his actual height... but surely all of Kamiakin can agree to call Allen the BRAVES Sack King.