October 19, 2006

Allen up for the challenge

With Thomas Brown out for the season, cornerback Asher Allen will be Georgia's primary kick returner. The freshman from Tucker says he is up for the job, and is just happy to have any job at all.

"It has been a dream being able to come out between the hedges and go into the different stadiums, it is probably the most fun I have had in my whole life," said Allen. "Being able to be on the field with such great athletes, and watching the team come together off the field. It has really been a blessing."

Allen got off to a fast start, returning two punts in the season opener against Western Kentucky, and recording two tackles. The following week, on the road in a hostile Williams-Brice Stadium, Allen returned another punt and had a tackle in the win over South Carolina.

Being by yourself back to return a punt might be a little unnerving to most first year players, but Allen has never been lacking in the confidence department.

"I know myself as a player, and that is what I live off of. My swagger when I am out there, and I feel real confident when I am out there," said Allen. "I am still working on my technique and things like that, and I can improve on a lot of small things like that."

Allen is averaging 13 yards on four punt returns, has a 27 yard after through two kick returns, and has 12 tackles, one for a loss, and one quarterback hurry. He credits his success to having the chance to go up against solid competition in practice, and leads a little bit each week from UGA opponents.

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