|25 Breon Allen|
Sharp Passing Effort, Rush Defense Dominates Second Scrimmage
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A leading candidate to contend for the Pirates' top running back job this fall after admirably serving as top backup during his first season in the East Carolina program a year ago ... A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference (second-team) choice by Athlon Sports ... Closed spring drills battling Chris Hairston for the starting nod and coaches expect competition to continue throughout preseason camp and into the fall ... Picked up 29 yards on three carries during the first spring scrimmage on March 31 ... After rushing for nine yards on three attempts and making a three-yard reception during a pass-oriented second contest (April 5), closed out spring action with a three-carry, 12-yard outing in the Purple-Gold Game on April 12 ... Strength and conditioning testing numbers of note include a back squat of 500 pounds, a push jerk of 242 pounds, a 40 time of 4.46 and a vertical jump of 34" (tops among all running backs) ... Was a late addition to ECU's 2013 recruiting class, officially signing a national letter-of-intent with the Pirate program on March 6.
2013: Appeared in 10 games, making one start (UAB) ... Made Pirate debut against Virginia Tech (Sept. 14) as a member of the special teams unit before earning depth chart inclusion prior to the North Carolina contest ... Ranked second on the team in rushing yards (311) and punt return yards (59) ... Averaged 5.0 yards per ground attempt (62 carries) ... Tallied 530 all-purpose yards (311/rush, 130/receive, 59/punt return, 30/kickoff return) to stand fifth on the squad ... Scored rushing TDs against Southern Miss (one-yarder), NC State (three-yarder) and Ohio in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl (two-yarder) ... Established career-highs in carries (13), rush yards (92), receptions (two) and receiving yards (47) against Blazers in only start ... Tied career-best with a pair of receptions against Marshall ... Returned lone kickoff 30 yards against Southern Miss, while adding a pair of punt returns for 45 yards vs. Golden Eagles as well ... In all, returned eight punts for 59 yards (7.4 ypr), with a career-long of 28 against USM ... Recorded 19 total plays of 10 or more yards (10/rush, five/receive, three/punt return, one/kickoff return) ... Rushed for 30 or more yards in five games (44/USM, 30/TLS, 92/UAB, 42/MAR, 43/OU) ... Topped 100 all-purpose yards on two occasions - 119/USM and 139/UAB ... Recorded longest rush (24 yards) at Marshall and longest pass catch (51) vs. UAB ... Had three double-digit carry workloads with 10 runs each vs. Southern Miss and NC State, and a 13-attempt afternoon against UAB.
Junior College: Earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First-Team All-America honors and helped Snow (Idaho) College to a Carrier Bowl victory over ASA College of Brooklyn, a final record of 11-1 and No. 3 national rank ... Became the first Snow running back in school history to top all NJCAA rushers in yards (1,632) and ground touchdowns (20) ... Also selected as the Western States Football League Offensive Player-of-the-Year in 2012 ... Best effort of campaign was a 281-yard, three-TD performance against Glendale CC on Sept. 15 that earned national player-of-the-week honors ... Scored on an eight-yard run during the Badgers' bowl win , which was played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. ... Played key role in Snow's victory over Eastern Arizona in the 2011 Top of the Mountains Bowl as a freshman, rushing for a game-high 134 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries against a defensive that came into the game surrendering only 83 grounds per game ... His fourth-quarter scoring run, which sealed the win, spanned 72 yards ... Also had 11 receptions for 144 yards and three TDs ... Part of a Badgers' team that rolled to a 9-3 record in 2011 ... Ran for 772 yards and 10 touchdowns on 114 carries as a freshman ... Completed two-year career under coach Tyler Hughes as the program's all-time leading rusher with 2,404 yards ... In addition to ECU, also visited Boise State after final JuCo season.
High School: Guided Warner Christian to three-straight Florida Class 1B State Championship contests as a two-way starter for coach Andy Price during prep career ... Racked up 1,609 ground yards on 99 attempts and tallied 19 TDs as a senior ... Also hauled in 15 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns out of the backfield ... Rushed for 147 yards on 11 carries and scored on a 30-yarder despite suffering a third-quarter ankle injury during a 42-35 setback to Belle Glade in the 2010 title game ... Also made 11 tackles out of the secondary during that contest ... Rushed for 1,312 yards and 19 TDs on 172 attempts as a junior and added 15 receptions for 231 yards ... On the defensive side of the ball, was credited with 96 tackles and netted nine interceptions ... Tallied 1,495 ground yards and 18 scores on 145 carries as a sophomore ... Caught 23 passes for 423 yards in 2009, while picking off five throws on defense ... Originally committed to Pittsburgh out of high school ... Also earned letters in baseball (leftfielder) and track (4x1 relay).
Personal: Full name is Breon Cortez Maurice Allen ... Born December 27, 1992 at Daytona Beach, Fla. ... Major is communications ... Earned Honor Roll status for work in the classroom during the 2014 spring semester.