Ryan Allen was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013.
Ryan Allen was signed by the New England Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 3, 2013.SEASONAL REVIEWS 2013 (16, 2/0)
- Played in all 16 regular-season contests and finished the season with 76 punts for 3,491 yards (45.9 avg., 39.9 net avg.), with 12 touchbacks, 29 downed inside the 20-yard line and a season long of 65.
- Appeared in both postseason games and punted four times for 202 yards (50.5 avg., 50.8 net avg.), with no touchbacks, three downed inside the 20-yard line and a long of 60.
- Set a Patriots rookie record with a 39.9 net average.
- Also utilized as holder on extra points and field goals.
- Played in his first NFL game at Buffalo (9/8) and punted six times for 236 yards (39.3 avg), pinning three inside the Bills 20-yard line.
- Tied team records with 11 punts for 514 yards vs. N.Y. Jets (9/12), including four inside the Jets 20-yard line.
- Became the Patriots all-time leader in punt average (minimum 50 punts) at Carolina (11/18) with one boot that pinned the Panthers inside their own 20-yard line.
- Punted six times for 267 yards vs. Denver (11/24), including a high-arching punt in overtime that was muffed by the Broncos, recovered by the Patriots and led to the game-winning field goal in overtime.
- Punted once for 55 yards in the Divisional Playoff vs. Indianapolis (1/14); left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Was replaced by Stephen Gostkowski.
- Returned for the AFC Championship at Denver (1/19) and punted three times for a 49.0 average, landing all three inside the Broncos’ 20-yard line.
- Began his career at Oregon State in 2008 and 2009 where he redshirted in 2008 and did not see any action in 2009.
- He transferred to Louisiana Tech and began playing in 2010.
- Named the Ray Guy Award winner in 2011 and 2012 to become the first player to claim the award in back-to-back seasons.
- Was a unanimous First Team All-American in 2012.
- Finished his career averaging a school record 48.0 yards per punt with 20 punts inside the 20 and 21 punts over 50 yards.
- Was named All-America by several publications in 2011, including receiving second team honors by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
- Also received first team All-WAC and All-Louisiana honors.
- Allen initially enrolled at Oregon State and competed for a spot as the team’s punter with current St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker, a competition that Hekker won. Initially discouraged, Allen believes that bump in the road helped him become a better punter and eventually win a job in the NFL. “They [Oregon State] ended up choosing him [Johnny Hekker] at the end of the day. I took it rough and kind of hung my head. So he got the scholarship and as I got better, I thought I could definitely go play somewhere else. That’s how I made the decision to transfer once that time came.” Allen transferred to Louisiana Tech and went on to become the best punter in the NCAA.
- Named the Ray Guy Award winner, given to nation’s top collegiate punter, in 2011 and 2012 to become the first player to claim the award in back-to-back seasons.
- Born Feb. 28, 1990 in Salem, Oregon.
- Majored in business.
- Only played two years of football in high school, earning both letter as a punter and kicker at West Salem High School.