April 27, 2012

HD: Allen makes case for Sooners No. 2

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Playing second fiddle can be hard in any circumstance.

There's no shame in admitting the spotlight is where every college player hopes to find himself after signing his letter of intent.

Junior Drew Allen finds himself in a familiar position for the second straight year as the Sooners broke spring camp without officially naming a back-up for senior Landry Jone.

Following the Sooners Red-White spring game the 6-foot-5, 239-pound signal caller with the media and offered thoughts on his candidacy for the Sooners No.2 spot after going 10-for-18 72 yards.

"I feel pretty good as far as I've made a lot of strides this spring in taking care of the ball and that's a huge deal for me because I want those coaches to be able to trust me so if something does happen or something I want to be able to be ready and for them to trust me and not be able to say,' oh we've got to go to this guy," said Allen.

"I've said this before and it's my mindset. I go out there competing for the starting job and you never know what's going to happen. You never know when you need to be ready but for me I need to go out there and be ready everytime."

A season ago Allen played the role of 'odd man out' as Oklahoma implemented then freshmen Blake Bell into the Sooner offense in what would later become officially known as the 'Belldozer'.

Wildly popular amongst the Sooner fan base as well as Sooner players. It also presented a perfect time for Allen to become soured or unhappy with his standing within the Oklahoma program as a year elder to Bell.

That couldn't be any further from the truth if you ask the confident Alamo Heights graduate who quickly reminds you of the 'tight knit' group of Sooner signal callers whom you can often find spending time together off the field.

"I go out there and compete and try and be the starter but as far as our relationship. I mean we all live in the same neighborhood and we live a couple houses down from each other- I'm talking Blake, Landry and I and then Kendal Thompson is down at the dorms."

"We're just a tight knit group there's no animosity off the field but when we're on the field I'm going to bust butt and compete."

With no decision officially announced by Sooner coaches Bell and Allen will enter the summer in what is the equivalent of a dead heat. Most will form opinions of what they saw from the Belldozer this past spring when he completed 14-of-19 passes for 179 yards including a dazzling 60-yard touchdown connection to Jaz Reynolds.

But Allen will keep his head down and go about his business as he's done since his first day on campus.

"I feel really good about all that and I don't pay any attention to that. I can only control how I go out and compete and how I go about it everyday and run the offense and the relationships I build with my teammates and coaches but the whole naming deal they'll carry that on but I don't pay attention to it."

After all he's only a couple plays away from being thrown into the spotlight.

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