July 26, 2013
Whether you sort the UC Davis football roster alphabetically or numerically, Aggie cornerback Dre Allen is on top of the list. The senior from Compton, Calif., started all 11 games last season, finishing sixth on the team with 44 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for losses. Allen posted seven tackles among his season-high eight stops against Weber State early in the season and then capped his year with six tackles against rival Sacramento State in the Causeway Classic.
Allen has one career interception and eight pass breaksups. The sociology major joined UC Davis from Mayfair High School in Southern California where he was an all-state and All-CIF Southern Section player. He was also a four-year All-Academic honoree at Mayfair High School.
Junior Jabari Howard sat down with Allen to talk about his Aggie experiences. This is the first of a series of Q&A's with the Aggie senior class that Howard is conducting as part of "Jabari's Corner".
What was your best memory from last year's football season?
Best memory was beating Sacramento State and watching Jordan Glass pick the ball off on the last play.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
This is my senior season so I'm just looking to win. We haven't won in a long time here. I'm ready to see our young guys play, I'm ready to see Coach Gould and what he has planned for us, and I'm ready for us to show it all off.
What is the best part of being a college football player?
The best part of being a college football player is the camaraderie you get from the team. I love waking up and working hard and getting better with my teammates everyday knowing that we're all working towards a common goal.
Describe Coach Gould in one word.
If you were the director of a movie about Coach Gould, what actor would you cast to play him?
I would have to go with Samuel L. Jackson because Coach G is full of character and he cares about everybody regardless of race, background, or gender. Coach G is an interesting person and I think there's only one person that could try to be him.
What is something most people do not know about you?
Most people don't know that I had a tough childhood. A lot of people say that, but for me, everything I do here is a reminder of my progression throughout life. It was a struggle for me to get here. I don't play for myself, I don't play to put numbers on the stat sheet, I play for people who are just like me and come from where I come from.
Is there a player in the NFL that you try to model your game after?
Charles Woodson. They like to move him around a lot and I like to think that I'm versatile and athletic as well. I just love watching him play and he's always swagged out.
If you were to translate your game on the football field to the music industry what famous music artist do you think you would be?
This man named Kendrick Lamar because I look like him, I'm a secret weapon and I feel like I can change the game with a couple plays and play a big role on the team the same way Kendrick plays a big role in the music industry.
If you became a UC Davis professor tomorrow, what class would you teach?
Sociology 001 because it's a lot about race, ethnicity and gender and I feel like I learn a lot from all of my teammates every year, which I think is more than many other people learn in a lifetime. I had a chance in these four to five years to get close to guys that are the complete opposite of me, and I think that all my experiences with this team would help me to be able to teach a sociology class.