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Allen Returns to Field In Addition to Recruiting Duties

Florida Atlantic University football alumnus Jared Allen will return to the field in 2015 as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator, FAU Head Football Coach Charlie Partridge announced today.

ďJaredís strength as an offensive coach and his loyalty to Florida Atlantic make him the perfect man for the job,Ē said Partridge. ďHe will be our running backs coach and recruiting coordinator and we are excited to move into the future with Jared in that role.Ē

Allen (photo left) was instrumental in the programís development as a member of the first recruiting class in 2000 and has been intertwined with the program ever since.

Allen joined the staff in fall 2009 as a graduate assistant and was elevated to assistant coach/WR in January 2010. In his first season as a collegiate assistant coach, Allen watched senior Lester Jean flourish. Jean was named second team All-Conference and became FAUís first East/West Shrine Game invitee.

Jean then joined the Houston Texans as a free agent where he was a member of the 2012-13 playoff roster. Allen began recruiting in the spring of 2010 and moved from wide receivers to quarterbacks as the team began preparation for 2011.

In 2012, the FAU alumnus was the only assistant coach retained from the previous coaching staff, but he moved once more to tight ends coach. The new offensive system required more of the position than in years past and Allen and his corps responded. At season end, junior Nexon Dorvilus earned second team All-SBC and the teamís Student Athlete of the Year Award while sophomore Alex Deleon earned the programís first Iron Owl Award for his off-season efforts in the weight room and in conditioning drills. In 2013, Allenís deep unit was able to provide more protection than in years past while hauling in 20 percent of the teamís receptions. The unit accounted for nearly half of the teamís touchdown receptions (7 of 16).

He remained with the program in 2014 as Partridge assembled his staff but moved to director of player personnel/external relations, a position that would best allow Partridge to lean on Allenís knowledge of the area, the local high schools and their coaching staffs, as well as the developing FAU players and NFL Scouts. With the recruiting foundations laid, Allen will move back to a full-time coaching position where he can have a direct game-day impact.  The Owls will return four backs in 2015 with game experience as well as a quarterback that has been a major ground game contributor.