Everyone knows that No. 8 is THE guy.
I go back to the spring of 2015 when people were saying there should be a QB competition. Competition? We knew. Inside the walls of the football facility we all knew. After each practice that spring it seemed like there was one thing we all kept saying … ‘Yeah, No. 8 is the guy.’
Then there was the TCU and Texas A&M games last year. Both completely different, but both perfectly displayed who Austin Allen is. When he made the two-point conversion catch at TCU and then followed it up with a game-winning rushing TD … we all knew he was different. How many QBs can do that? Or better yet, how many are willing to do that for their team? He was special.
Texas A&M was a completely different outcome, but the belief in Austin only got stronger. He got hit quite a bit. Well, a lot actually, and he just kept getting up. I kept looking back after he’d deliver a strike down the field and see him bouncing right back up. It was like nothing had happened and he was immediately getting guys into position. He’s an absolute gamer.
Austin is one of the toughest people I’ve ever met. As an offensive line, we know if we give him time he’s going to make plays. That’s an offensive lineman’s dream. We also know if we don’t give him the time he needs that he’s going to let us know it. That’s a leader.
Guys on both sides of the ball respond to him because he’s about it … not just a talker. He’s always here. He’s always doing the extra work. It’s not like he’s just the leader and the voice, which he is, but he’s doing everything. He backs it up with how he works.