Wyoming's Allen has look of NFL QB

Dec 24, 2017 - 12:23 AM Wyoming redshirt junior quarterback Josh Allen knew there was no reason not to reveal his future plans after leading the Cowboys past Central Michigan in the Potato Bowl on Friday.

"I was hoping to kind of wait off and at least spend a day or two thinking about it," Allen told reporters. "But I think the players, my teammates knew. And they were chanting, 'Do it,' so I had to go with what they were saying, of course."

Allen made it official as he accepted the game MVP trophy following Wyoming's 37-14 victory.

"I will be declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft," Allen said while standing on the on-field stage.

Rob Rang, senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, has Allen ranked as his No. 15 prospect.

"If someone were to draw up the physical prototype for an NFL quarterback, it would look a lot like the strapping, rifle-armed, and shockingly athletic Allen," Rang wrote in his report. "Unfortunately for all of his raw traits, Allen remains very raw, failing to show the accuracy and poise in losses to Iowa and Oregon that are required in the NFL.

"Allen was not helped much by his teammates in these losses, however, and his head coach, Craig Bohl, proved with his last quarterback, Carson Wentz, that he knows how to develop talent at the position."

Allen earned Bohl's praise, who had some advice for NFL scouts checking in on his quarterback.

"If any NFL team is looking for a competitor out there, you're not going to find anyone more competitive or team-oriented."

Allen completed 11 of 19 passes for only 154 yards, but he did throw three touchdowns -- all in the first quarter -- and no interceptions against Central Michigan.

After a sophomore season in which he threw for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns with 15 interceptions, Allen's numbers this past season were pedestrian. He threw for just 1,812 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions.

He missed the final two regular-season games after hurting his shoulder in a game against Air Force. He was held under 100 passing yards three times this season.

Rob Rang is a senior analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a collaboration between The Sports Xchange and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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