Quotes from Anthony Allen

Anthony Allen is one of the most entertaining players on Georgia Tech’s team. One only needs to follow him on twitter at Ant_Allen18 or join him on facebook at AnthonyAllen to get a glimpse of his personality.

Allen sat down with the media on Wednesday and talked about everything from his footwear to the August goals for the team. The questions and answers have been paraphrased in some instances.

On being left off the preseason All-ACC team:

That’s why it’s a preseason All-ACC team. Im not going to worry about it.

Does it bother you that you and the team are being overlooked?

We’re used to being the underdogs, being written off before the season. We’ll use it as motivation. We haven’t gained the respect, we have to go take it.

On moving from A-back to B-back:

Playing in an offense period you have to know all the positions.

Playing A-back last year, this year I know on certain blocks and certain plays where the blocks are coming from.

On what he and quarterback Joshua Nesbitt have done this summer to improve their chemistry:

We’ve worked on snaps a lot this summer. Working in the weight room and on the field, getting our timing together and meshing up.

On the defense:

They are going to be tough. There’s a different energy level out there. I’m really excited about the defense.

On the two new guards:

Omoregie Uzzi been working this offseason, he’s been moving a little better.

Will Jackson is one of the most improved lifters. The whole line has been working together in the offseason, staying low, working on their drives.

On Cooper Taylor, who is up to 225 pounds:

I don’t know…something happened when he got that heart surgery. I want to get heart surgery. I guess they increased the blood flow or something. He’s like 6-5, 225. He walked by me the other day, I was like …I have to check myself.

Coop’s been working hard this offseason. He wants to get back on the field.

On how he hopes to improve:

Finishing runs..I think I finished runs. But last year, I liked to kill my legs on contact. I’ve been driving my legs in drills, pulling sleds. Get my leg power up.

On his size:

I’ve lost weight. I’m 225 now. My body fat went down and I gained more muscle mass. Ideal weight. Shave a few seconds off my [40] time.

I’m blowing by guys in drills. I can’t name any names.

Even blowing past Cooper?

No. Cooper goes and gets the ball at its highest point. Cooper is 6-12 now.

On the difference between playing A-back, where he was last season, and B-back:

Playing B-back you have to have that mentality that you are going to get it up in there [between the tackles]. You have to explode through the hole. If you watch film of the Iowa game, if you are timid through the hole the DE can check you.

Has coach Johnson said if you’re going to play some A-back as well as B-back this year?

We talked about it after the spring. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ll play whatever I have to play. I may have to play QB some too. Drop back and throw it as far as I can…which would be about 15 yards.

Anything you aren’t looking forward to in August?

The heat..it’s going to be hot as heck.

On if he’s the best singer on the team:

That’s me singing on facebook. I’m singing for real.

My range is so good I usually don’t do it in the lockeroom because of the acoustics. I have to be in a studio.

On the nature of his outgoing personality:

I’ve been a real outgoinig social person my whole life. Always the new kid in school but I make friends fast.

This social networking thing, I’ve seen guys use it to their advantage. I’m putting my team out there. Even though we’re in Atlanta, we’re often overshadowed.

Are you worried that it could hurt you in the NFL draft? That teams may not want a player who promotes himself like an Ochocinco?

I feel like it’s a 50-50. As much as it can hurt you it can help you.

Right now I’m just doing it to get my team out there. We’re coming to defend our title this year.

I’m just having fun with it. They don’t let you have fun on the football field anymore with the penalties.

Have you been working on any videos for the scoreboard this year?

Working on them now. Working with the GTGs.

It’s going to look very similar to a few commercials on TV today. It’ll spoof. Have to come to Bobby Dodd . 1-888-techtix or go on ramblinwreck.com. Buy them fast, they are going.

What are your goals for August? For you and the team?

For the team, I want to see a more unified team. Come together and play as a team. Not just the offense, the defense, the B-backs. One common goal that we are all trying to reach. I don’t want to see five guys with one goal and one guy with something else.

Was that a problem last year?

Every team usually has that. We didn’t have that too much. I want to solve the problem before it actually happens.

What have you been doing to unify the team?

Been having team time with Chaplain Moore. Everybody’s been hanging out, staying in the same dorm, having fun with each other. If you walk by the ULC you’ll see us hanging out. It gets so hot we have to take our shirts off. People see Brad Jefferson they may walk in another direction.Brad has gotten humungous. His arm is the size of my body right now.

Who have been the vocal leaders this offseason?

Roddy Jones and Sean Bedford. Sean is the smartest man I ever met in my life, so I listen to whatever he says.

Joshua’s been a lot more vocal in the offseason.

54 comments Add your comment


July 28th, 2010
3:16 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!




July 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

gotta love anthony

tech man

July 28th, 2010
3:23 pm

AA is going to do some great things this year. Can’t wait for toe to meet leather. THWG.


July 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Doesn’t get much better than that…..thanks for the article Doug!

Good to see a unified TEAM! AA is certainly a character!


July 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

The mesh is one area I worry about…glad to see he and Nesbitt are taking some extra snaps to get familiar. That UNC defensive line is going to be on them quick…not sure if SC State or Kansas can prepare them for UNC’s line. As always we must limit turnovers…



July 28th, 2010
3:32 pm

UNC is nothing….we beat them 24-7 last year…they had the same players then! As always, they are overhyped…..they have an anemic offense…they will be lucky to score 7 again.


July 28th, 2010
3:36 pm

How sad is it that a UGAly fan has to post the first comment and surprise, surprise, it is negative? UGAly fans must be the most insecure people on the planet.

d@mn good team

July 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

go buy the season tickets even though the home schedule is not as good as the away one..this team deserves it..They have worked hard, couldn’t ask for a better attitude..Coach PJ and this team have done all they can now the fans need to show up and support them..the videos should be F U N to see


July 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

ACC can diss Allen and Nesbitt and this team all they want, but when the season is over, they will have to delete a few names off the preseason ACC list to make room for the champs..soooooo typical


July 28th, 2010
3:42 pm

Mighty boastful there WRTC…call me cautiously optimistic.

I can still hear the sound of some of the hits Nesbitt took from the UNC DL/LBs last season.


July 28th, 2010
3:43 pm

ANT is funny on Facebook for sure. He must keep the guys on their toes and laffing.

Buckhead Dawg

July 28th, 2010
3:48 pm

Here’s another quote from Allen:

“I can’t believe I picked this school and now I’m surrounded by nerds”


July 28th, 2010
4:00 pm

I talked to Anthony last night, and he said he was very proud to only have three more classes left to graduate and get a degree from Georgia Tech. At least he can use that degree whenever he retires from the NFL.


July 28th, 2010
4:02 pm

Buckhead, when you get to Tech, and you realize, “Hey a lot of these guys will be millionaires, and I could be, too,” you don’t worry about what the pizza delivery guys like you have to say. Here, hers’s a tip; now please get off the porch.


July 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Buckhead Dawg apparently you have yet to learn that the world is run by nerds. 90% of the things in your life were invented/developed by nerds.
Nerds run every major corporation on the planet.

Nerd is the highest compliment one can give to a fellow human.

You are not a nerd. Sorry.

Tech Rules

July 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

“On moving from B-back to A-back:”

Doug, you got it backwards. He’s moving from A-back to B-back.


July 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

LOL, AA is one hilarious dude. Look forward to watching him go for 1,000-plus this year. Go Jackets!


July 28th, 2010
4:17 pm

Preach it, brother.

Doggies, get someone to read this to you and take note:

“Buckhead Dawg apparently you have yet to learn that the world is run by nerds. 90% of the things in your life were invented/developed by nerds.
Nerds run every major corporation on the planet.

Nerd is the highest compliment one can give to a fellow human.

You are not a nerd. Sorry.”


July 28th, 2010
4:18 pm

Great article doug, great quotes from AA!! Glad someone finally interviewed him! he always has something entertaining to say. I like what he says about being a unified team and all the work the team has done in the off season!! Cant wait to see COOP back out there! hes got a great nose for the ball. Sad for him to miss all last yr but if that makes him better this yr, im all for it! GO JACKETS!! keep the gt football articles comin doug!


July 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

How did uga do in the ncaa tourney this year? Which bowl were they in?


July 28th, 2010
4:19 pm

Great interview! And 6′ 12″ is a really good height for a Safety, don’t you think?


July 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

So he is stronger, and faster then last season? 225 of solid muscle? He’s gonna be a beast this year.


July 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

AA is one funny dude off the field, and a bulldozer on the field. Good to see him slimmed down.
Good effort Doug. Keep em coming.

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

July 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

AA – You Da Man!

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 28th, 2010
4:32 pm

thUGA below .500 in BBall and go bowling in Shreveport in FBall. Baseball team’s even worse. HaHa!


July 28th, 2010
4:57 pm

Doug just an FYI. There are two football teams in Manchester. Manchester United is the richest club. Man City is not even in the top 10.
Do you do any DD before you write?

By Doug Roberson

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Manchester City, arguably the richest soccer club in the world, will play Club America at 8 p.m. July 28 at the Georgia Dome


July 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

The kid is gonna be…



wth the football.

Tokyo jacket

July 28th, 2010
5:12 pm

I’m glad to hear we’ve got some cats getting bigger in the weight room. I know he likes to joke, but if AA has gotten any leaner, he might actually fly. He blew by a lot of people last year and didn’t get caught from behind. If he were a junior, he’d probably be in on the Heisman hype for 2011. Oh well, I really think Joshua has a good chance of being in NY at the end of the year.

GT Anchorage

July 28th, 2010
5:23 pm

I met Sean Bedford my senior year in the Aerospace program. Knowing how hard that major was by itself, I don’t know how the heck he does it playing football too. My last semester I stayed in the library all night about 2 times a week. I could not do what he does, and I suspect that few can…
Also, I love the way Anthony Allen brings some spark to the team. He in no way reminds me of Ochocinco, that guy is a joke.


July 28th, 2010
5:34 pm

Rod, Doug does not need to do research on soccer. Nobody cares. He could tell us Mini Mouse just bought the best soccer team in Alaska and that they will be in the World Cup next year. We would say good, cool, how ’bout them Dawgs. Hey you see where Tech just signed a 400lbs middle linebacker from Utah..


July 28th, 2010
5:38 pm

AA is a very funny guy who brings a massive amount of spirit and energy to the team, and will be a vital part of techs football success this year.


July 28th, 2010
6:12 pm


Paul in RDU

July 28th, 2010
6:24 pm

Rod – Hopefully no-one is going to the game expecting to see Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbetov, Sir Alex Ferguson et al. They will be in for a big disappointment

Jack G.

July 28th, 2010
6:26 pm

SAINT SIMON if you had a brain, you would be dangerous

All Hail the Nesbitt

July 28th, 2010
6:57 pm

AA is hilarious…great interview. Thanks, Doug!

Hey dawgies since you guys are looking to smack talk here are some topics:

{{{Red Panties}}}
{{{NCAA investigation}}}
{{{12th choice Defensive Coordinator}}}


UGA Girls Have Bad Breath

July 28th, 2010
7:05 pm

If UGA fans think we are not a great team, why do they all feel like that have to put us down? If it was not for GT, UGA would have the easest home schedule in the land. Oh, the sec has two top notch teams and you aint one of them.


July 28th, 2010
7:09 pm

Screw UGA. Guys like Anthony Allen is why I am a GT fan. The dumbass football players can keep going to UGAg and taking Leisure Studies.

UGA Girls Have Bad Breath

July 28th, 2010
7:31 pm

Can you image UGA football players trying to learn C. Johnson’s complicated offense? That is why UGA always putting us down: The GT students, alumi, and football players have always been smarter that the Duds at UGA.


July 28th, 2010
7:43 pm

Bill Clinton has decided to join his wife and Chealsea in becoming a VEGAN. Bill says he will not force a woman to eat His favorite MEAT ever again. No woman will ever again be forced to try Arkansas Bologna with zipper fuzz topping.

Jacket Backer

July 28th, 2010
8:02 pm

AA is going to have a BIG year. Can’t wait for Sept 4!!

Go Jackets!!

Tokyo jacket

July 28th, 2010
8:41 pm

Bad breath, seriously dude? We shouldn’t be knocking other teams’ home schedule this year. Look for Tech to go AT WORST 5-1 at home, should be 6-0 though.

bad breath???

July 28th, 2010
8:56 pm

Dude, there are funny/clever things and classless things….you ain’t funny/clever.


July 28th, 2010
8:57 pm

What’s UGAy’s record against UF?? Shut yer mouth!


July 28th, 2010
9:05 pm

Great article. AA is classic GT…intelligent and witty. Got our season tickets and can’t wait for Sept. 4. BTW, best way to get rid of a worthless dawg is to just ignore it.


July 29th, 2010
12:25 am

CPJ Disciple

July 29th, 2010
9:01 am

Double A is right about Coop, he’s gigantic now. I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved to LB next year.


July 29th, 2010
11:21 am

saint simon you’re the epitome of uga insecurity
you’re all gonna eat your black green bay license plates come november


July 29th, 2010
12:05 pm

You Georgia fans will know who ant_allen is next year, trust me!


July 29th, 2010
12:10 pm






July 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Thanks for the article. He had me laughing out loud at some of those. Good to see kids with good heads on their shoulders, having fun, getting ready for the season. 6-0 at BDS is a must if this team wants to have a chance at finishing with 10+ wins again this year. Great coach, great team, great time to be a Yellow Jacket. The Dawgs criticize the most when they’re most afraid…