December 13, 2008

Allen to mull future?

Cornerback Asher Allen danced around the question as to whether or not he would consider moving onto the NFL after this year is complete.

Right now, the answer is no, although former Tucker High standout did not rule out taking another look after Georgia's Capital One Bowl game against Michigan State.

"I'm here, but you never know what might happen," said Allen, who had papers submitted for evaluation by NFL scouts. "I'll think about it more after the bowl, just not now."

It's been an interesting season for Allen.

After bursting onto the scene as a sophomore with three interceptions, Allen saw those numbers drop to zero in 2008.

While that statistic might be a sign for some alarm, maybe it shouldn't.

Wednesday, defensive coordinator Willie Martinez revealed that Allen has played for much of the season's second half with a broken hand suffered against LSU. Allen didn't miss any playing time, but Martinez said the staff decided not to publicize the injury to keep opponents from maybe throwing at the cornerback more.

Still, the lack of picks haunts Allen today.

Allen would have had one against Arizona State, but a would-be interception was nullified by a pass interference call. Another would-be interception was dropped by the cornerback against Tennessee.

"There are probably two or three plays I wish I could get back, maybe get some interceptions like that but for the times that I had to make plays I was able to do that," he said. "It was always a mission of mine to hold my side down on the field and hopefully I was able to do that this year."

Allen said at least he's got one more shot to at least get one interception in the statistics column when the Bulldogs play Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

"I've still got one more chance so hopefully I can make something happen," Allen smiled. "I know I'd hate to get shut out."

Allen and the rest of the Bulldogs continued working out for their date against the Spartans Saturday at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.

"These practices are good obviously for staying in shape and conditioning, just working and stuff," he said. "It's a chance for everybody to work on technique and get better. That's what we all want to do."

Beating the Spartans on New Year's Day wouldn't be bad, either, considering the Big Ten has a four-game winning streak in the Capital One Bowl.

Who was the last SEC team to win in Orlando? That was in 2004 when Georgia beat Purdue in overtime.

"We want to get the 10 wins, really. That's all we're really concerned about," Allen said. "We know that the Big Ten-SEC. The last time we beat a Big Ten team was 2004 (Capital One Bowl). I know that much. They've obviously had the SEC's number there but to get to 10 wins is the biggest deal."



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