After just one eligible year with the Houston Cougars, Kyle Allen has decided to skip his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
Source: Houston quarterback Kyle Allen plans to skip final year of college eligibility and has hired an agent for purpose of entering NFL draft | @KyleAllen_10 @UHCougarFB pic.twitter.com/PeoLzYUzy0— Joseph Duarte (@Joseph_Duarte) January 11, 2018
NFL sources: @UHCougarFB quarterback Kyle Allen (@KyleAllen_10) has decided to skip his final year of eligibility and make himself available for the NFL Draft. Kyle has hired an agent.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 11, 2018
Allen transferred to Houston from Texas A&M after struggling with the Aggies and their locker room culture under Kevin Sumlin. Many fans thought that Allen would step in to the Houston offense and do well with the talent surrounding him, but Allen eventually struggled and was replaced by Kyle Postma who was then replaced by D’Eriq King.
With King the projected starter in 2018, it was a wonder to many what Allen would do. Rumors were that he would transfer to another school, so his exit isn’t necessarily a big surprise. I just didn’t expect this.
Honestly, I kind of feel bad for Allen. His only real shot that he was given was as a freshman at Texas A&M. He rotated between being benched and then being put back in with the Aggies, and that messes with a quarterbacks confidence.
His career at Houston was short lived, and you could tell he just wasn’t quite comfortable enough passing against good competition. The highlight of his season, however, was against Arizona where he went 31-for-33 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. It just happened to be that his worst, and essentially last (he threw one pass against ECU late in the season), game was the next week against Texas Tech.
Allen finishes his collegiate career completing 61.7% of his passes for 4,283 yards with 37 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also added 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns.