As badly as he wants to score a touchdown, Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen said he’s not worried that he hasn’t yet this season.
Coach Paul Johnson said on Sunday that Allen needs to finish runs when he’s in the secondary. Allen agreed on Monday.
“I’m definitely frustrated in myself that I’m getting tackled by one guy down field when I could have put a move on a guy and scored a touchdown,” the redshirt senior said.
Allen is Tech’s second-leading rusher this season with 330 yards on 61 carries. When Jonathan Dwyer left early and was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL draft, many Tech fans assumed that Allen would move over from A-back and rip off another 1,400-yard season. Dwyer hit 1,395 as a sophomore (13 games) as well as a junior (14 games), while rushing for 26 touchdowns.
One of the differences in Allen’s stats and Dwyer’s is that he dominated the B-back carries the previous two season. This season, the carries are being split more between Allen, Preston Lyons and Lucas Cox. They are still on pace to surpass 1,000 yards as a group for a 12-game season.
Perhaps the biggest difference, though, is the lack of big plays. Dwyer broke 11 runs of at least 30 yards last season. Allen has two this season, including a 30-yarder against Wake.
“It’s something that I need to work on,” Allen said. “I’m getting tackled by one guy. That shouldn’t happen. You go back and look at the tape last year and the year before that, Jon was breaking those long runs. It may be why I haven’t gotten a touchdown yet.”