Saturday, June 02, 2018

Breaking News

There are days when it is a thrash finding something for BGA Daily and then there are days like this. The in-box here at the interim BGA world headquarters on a remote mountain north of Hanover is overflowing today with excited messages from Big Green fans, all regarding the same breaking news.

Jake Allen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound redshirt freshman quarterback at the University of Florida, has tweeted his decision to transfer to Dartmouth. Because he is transferring down in classification the "pro-style" QB will be immediately eligible. Find his tweet announcing his intentions HERE.

Find Allen's Florida bio HERE. From that bio:
A two-year starter for one of the state’s football powers, St. Thomas Aquinas, Allen completed 60.9 percent of this throws (157-of-258) as a senior for 2,311 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions… Led his team to a 13-2 record his senior year and won the 2016 FHSAA Class 7A State Championship, where he threw for 323 yards and five touchdowns… Senior season: completed 141 of 235 attempted passes for 2,127 yards and 26 touchdowns; recorded career-high long pass of 59 yards; rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown… 2016 Elite 11 finalist… Junior season: completed 130 of 205 attempted passes for 1,691 yards and 18 touchdowns… Sophomore season: completed 63 of 120 attempted passes for 751 yards and six touchdowns; rushed for 19 yards on eight carries… Played for coach Roger Harriott 
In a story that was posted when Allen first announced he was leaving the Gators, SEC Country wrote:
Allen, who starred at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was the only quarterback Florida signed in its 2017 recruiting class. He was rated a 3-star prospect and ranked the No. 23 pro-style QB in the class, according to the 247Sports composite.
Allen is the second quarterback from powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas to play at Dartmouth under Buddy Teevens, following in the footsteps of Dan Shula '06.

Allen's offer sheet coming out of high school included Miami, NC State, Pitt and Iowa among others. Here is his high school highlight video:

Allen, rumored in recent days to be heading to a different Ivy, is the second Power Five quarterback to transfer to Dartmouth in recent years. Jimmy Fitzgerald came to Dartmouth from the University of Illinois but saw his career ended before he ever played in a varsity game by a knee injury.

The addition of Allen adds intrigue to the Big Green quarterback position heading into the preseason. With the graduation of Jack Heneghan, sophomore Jared Gerbino, classmate Jake Pallotta and freshman Derek Kyler got most of the work in the spring. Also in the picture is sophomore Cole Douglas.
Graduating Dartmouth tailback Ryder Stone had one rush for three yards for the Montreal Alouettes in their Thursday exhibition game against the Ottawa Redblacks, who won the game 27-7. LINK

Montreal opens the regular season June 16 at the BC Lions.