By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- Although Dwayne Allen knew his role would be changing within Chad Morris’s new offense, the tight end trusted in Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff that he would see the field and would continue to be a role player for the Tigers.
On Saturday versus the reigning National Champions Auburn, Allen showed Tiger Nation just how valuable of a player he is when he caught a 6 yard pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd in the corner of the end zone in the middle of the second quarter to make the score 21-14 in favor of Auburn. Allen came up big again when he caught a 23 yard pass from quarterback Tajh Boyd that set up a touchdown to tie the game for the Tigers going into halftime, giving the Clemson Tigers momentum going into the second half. At half time, Allen had 4 receptions for 52 yards.
Allen continued to be a factor in the second half, and ended the day breaking several of his career records in both receptions (7) and yards gained (80). Although Allen continues to be a steady player for the Tigers, someone that Tajh Boyd can rely on, he is one of the most unselfish players on Clemson’s offense.
“I don’t have to be the guy all of the time,” Allen said. “We have so many weapons now, Coach Swinney did a great job of assembling this coaching staff and bringing the players that he did here that are necessary to win a championship.”
How did it feel ending Auburn’s 17 game winning streak?
“It feels great, it’s a huge boost of confidence, not just beating the National Champions but an SEC opponent,” Allen said. “We’re going into our ACC stretch now with Florida State coming to the Valley on Saturday and going to Virginia Tech in two weeks, those are two tough games and we needed to win this game to have confidence going into these next couple of weeks.”
What message did Allen want to send to Auburn and the nation in the Tigers 38-24 win?
“I just want people to know that this is not last year’s team,” Allen said. “If we’re going to lose, we’re going to lose because of something we did, we’re not going to go out there and kick six field goals to stay in the game, and we’re scoring touch downs this year.”
What does Head Coach Dabo Swinney have to say about Allen and his performance so far this season?
“Dwayne Allen, he’s not a secret anymore. He’s a special player and a special talent,” Swinney said. “I told Dwayne after the game that I couldn’t be more proud of him. Nobody on this team has worked harder than Dwayne Allen to be great; no one is more committed than Dwayne Allen. Everything we’ve told him to do, he’s done to the enth degree. No one is more All In than Dwayne Allen.”