Allen gets invite to NFL scouting combine

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Missouri Western Griffon offensive lineman Roger Allen, a four year starter for \the Griffons, has been invited to the NFL scouting combine.

Allen, who was a Division II All-American, will participate in the combine, which takes place from Feb. 18-24. Allen felt honored to be invited to participate.

“It means a lot to me, considering there were only six players invited from division II,” Allen said. “Just to be able to participate with this elite group of athletes is a huge honor for me.”

Allen will be the second Griffon in three years to participate in the NFL combine. Current Indianapolis Colts tight end Gijon Robinson was invited to the combine in 2007. Missouri Western head football coach Jerry Partridge knows this is a positive sign for the future of the Missouri Western football program.

“This means a lot to Allen and the university,” Partridge said. “This shows that we are gaining momentum and training young men to excel at the next level.”

Allen will participate in many different drills at the combine. Some of the drills include: bench press, 40 yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, etc. Allen will also be interviewing with NFL teams. To improve his draft stock, Allen will need to shave time off of his 40 yard dash. If he runs around a 5.1 to 5.2, he could see his draft stock go up. Allen knows speed is important, but he believes the biggest thing for him at the combine will be meeting people.

“I think the biggest thing for me will be interviewing with all of the different teams,” Allen said. “It will allow me to show them the type of person I am and what I will be able to bring to their team if they select me.”

It’s hard to believe that the young man that came to Missouri Western at 240 pounds is now being considered for a spot on an NFL roster. Western has made Allen into a NFL body, as he now weighs 322 pounds. Allen recalls the day he first realized that playing in the NFL was a realistic goal.

“It was in the middle of my junior year, after practice Billy Babcock told me I was ranked among the top guards on a draft Web site,” Allen said. “I went home and checked it myself and that day I knew I would have the opportunity to play in the NFL.”

Allen will also give an NFL team leadership qualities. The last few seasons for the Griffons Allen has been a team leader. This past season he was a senior captain and helped the Griffons to another Mineral Water Bowl appearance.

Allen is currently training in Florida, at the Athlete’s Performance Institute. He has also picked out X-A-M Sports to represent him. They represent current Dallas Cowboys and former Wisconsin quarterback Brooks Bollinger, current Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Michigan running back B.J. Askew and many other clients.

Allen was a four year starter for the Missouri Western Griffons. He helped anchor the offensive line all four seasons, while collecting many accolades.

He was named the MIAA Freshman of the year and to All-MIAA teams every season as a Griffon. His senior season he was named a Division II All-American. He was also a starter on the Griffon team in 2006, which was the first team in Missouri Western history to make it to the Division II playoffs. He also appeared in three Mineral Water Bowl games and was a winner in two of those bowl contests.

The NFL scouting combine will be televised by the NFL Network Feb. 18-24. The NFL Draft will take place April 25 and 26 and it will be televised on ESPN, ESPN 2 and NFL Network.

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