Scouting Roger Allison

Scouting Roger Allison

<b>Roger Allison</b> had a big time season last year, earning first team All State Honors. Coach Chris Bell informed GBW that his star tailback's season was no fluke when we visited Lake Orion in the spring. Since then we've seen Roger go out and answer a number of questions about his game. (Click for more, including new game photos!)

Roger Allison has been successful on each side of the ball over the past few years. On defense, he patrols the middle like the old school players of yester-year. He fills gaps with a refreshing ferociousness and utilizes great recognition skills to diagnose run plays and stonewall ball carriers. On offense he has been a feature back that is surprisingly gifted at making nice cuts and getting to the outside. He became a full time starter at tailback last season when Coach Chris Bell determined that he was too good to keep out of the lineup. What position he’s best suited for in college has been up for some debate. That said, it is my opinion this kid would make an outstanding fullback in Michigan’s offense.

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That he was a great athlete has never been up for debate. He delivered some of the best overall stats at this summer’s Nike Camp when he (at 6-1.5, 229 lbs.) ran a 4.6 forty, a 4.37 shuttle, jumped 31.2 inches, and bench pressed 185 lbs. 27 times. I was, however, skeptical of his running back skills. That was until I actually saw him play. Watching this young man tote the pigskin reminds me of former Purdue great and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Mike Alstott. Roger could bring a dimension to the offense similar to that brought by BJ Askew last year. He is not as big or as fast as BJ, but he’ll buy into being a fullback from day 1. Still, this young man’s talent will merit him getting a few touches every game. Coach Bell pegged Roger’s running style for me when I went to visit Lake Orion last spring. “Roger is he is a conventional North/South type of runner, but he IS a running back,” Bell said. “He’s not just a big thug back there playing tailback. He has great feet and great vision and he really understands the cuts.” I found that synopsis to be very accurate when watching Roger live.

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What may be most impressive about this youngster is he always gets yards after contact. Time after time it took more than one man to bring him down… and he ALWAYS got forward movement after initial contact. Much of that is do to his physical talent. However, a great deal of it is also do to the fact that Roger plays with a lot of attitude. This is the type of young man that imposes his will on a football game. He will undoubtedly be an asset in the short yardage game once he makes it to the next level.

How good Roger can be will be determined by how well he catches the ball out of the backfield. I have no doubt that he’ll become an effective blocker because he’s the type of kid that will work to improve any skill that needs work. An example of that is how he joined the track team as a sprinter this spring in order to get his forty time down to the 4.6 he ran at this summers Nike camp.

Roger will need to pack on some more mass to take on collegiate linebackers. If he can add a good 15 pounds to his 230-lbs. frame without losing speed, the Wolverines will have another very versatile fullback on their hands!


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