Saw action in all 10 games as a first-year defensive back and kickoff returner … Contributed on special teams as Columbia’s kick returner and on defense as a backup cornerback … Threat to score anytime he touched the ball on kickoff returns … Led the Ivy League, ranked No. 25 nationally and led the Lions with a 24.1 yards per return average … Ranked third on the squad in all-purpose yardage with 507 (507 kick return yards) … With two blocked kicks registered in back-to-back games at Yale and vs. Harvard, ranked No. 11 nationally in blocked kicks per game (2 in 10 games) … Returned 21 kickoffs for 507 yards and a 24.1 yards per return average with a long of 48 yards, blocked two kicks and made two tackles on special teams … Ranked second on the team with eight plays over 20 yards or more and three plays over 40 yards … Four-time Ivy League weekly honor roll honoree … Returned a season-long 48-yard kickoff and blocked a point after attempt vs. Harvard (Nov. 4) … Returned five kickoffs for a season-high 99 yards with a long of 42 yards and blocked his first career kick, a 38-yard field goal attempt at Yale (Oct. 28) … Made solo tackle at Dartmouth (Oct. 21) … Registered first career tackle and returned three kickoffs for 73 yards at Marist (Oct. 7) … Returned four kickoffs for 73 yards with a long of 38 yards at Princeton (Sept. 30) … Returned three kickoffs for 89 yards with a long of 46 yards in season opener vs. Wagner (Sept. 16).
A 2017 graduate of American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla. where he played three years of varsity football for head coach Pat Surtain … Led the Patriots to two state titles (2014 and 2016) and three district championships (2014, 2015, 2016) … Emerged as a playmaker at defensive back for the Patriots … Concluded three-year varsity career with 60 total tackles (22 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries … Registered 40 total tackles (17 solo) and 4.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and three touchdowns as a senior … Named team captain as a senior … Scored two defensive touchdowns, the first on a three-yard interception return and the second on a 70-yard fumble return in a victory over Coconut Creek … Led the Patriots to a perfect 14-0 record, 5-0 district record and state title as a senior … Helped lead the Patriots to a 9-2 overall record and perfect 5-0 district record as a junior … Made 20 tackles with one interception, contributed one fumble recovery and one forced fumble as a junior … Played on the South Florida Express 7on7 team … Rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com … Volunteered with Little League football.
Born William Allen III on October 10, 1999 … Son of William and Roshonda Allen … Has a sister Jasmine and brother Blake … Father William, Sr. played defensive back at Syracuse (1996-2000) and then for 11 years in the NFL with the New York Giants (2001-06), Miami Dolphins (2006-11) and New England Patriots (2012) … Father was selected by the New York Giants in the First Round of the 2001 NFL Draft … Hobbies and interests include music, movies, computers and football since he has played since age 5 … Has family living in New York City … Owns a 37-inch vertical leap … Favorite sports figure is Antonio Brown … Played at same high school as Columbia placekicker Oren Milstein and fellow first-year Blake Wooden… Committed to Columbia on December 17, 2016 … Chose Columbia because it “was the best place for me to better myself as an athlete, person and student” … Chose Columbia over Penn, Dartmouth, Florida Tech and Army West Point … Enrolled at Columbia College.
Will Allen is a Playmaker