As we always do, with 18 days left until the start of Tennessee's football season, we pay homage to one of the brave warriors to wear the number 18, Jason Allen.
Allen came to Tennessee as a highly recruited 4 star athelete out of Muscle Shoals, Alabama who played sparingly on special teams as a freshman in 2002 before taking over as an eight-game starter in the Volunteer secondary in 2003. He spent most of the 2003 season at cornerback but moved to safety as a junior in 2004 and finished with 123 tackles. He was a man of many positions and was utilized wherever most needed in the defense.
Allen decided to return to Tennessee for his senior year after coaches promised to play him at Cornerback for the 2005 season. Fulmer called it the "best get" of the recruiting year.
As a senior in less than five games, he recorded 35 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and seven passes defended.
Late in the second half in the Volunteer's fifth game of the year versus Georgia at Neyland Stadium, Allen collided with Bulldog tight end Leonard Pope attempting to make a tackle.
His hip came out of joint but went right back in during the collision and his career as a Volunteer was ended.
Allen had this to say about his injury: “I was really blessed to represent the T on the helmet. I appreciate everyone who has been there for me throughout my years there … I appreciate everyone and always will be a Volunteer.”
Yes, Jason, yes..... you will forever be...... a Volunteer.
Allen was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft by current Alabama coach Nick Saban with the 16th overall pick as a Safety. He is currently still with the Dolphins franchise.