Full name: Jason Allen
Respert ... Elected team captain for 2004 season ... Versatile performer could
return to lead role at center position after spending last three years at guard
... Has proper instincts and commands respect of teammates ... Was targeted
to play center prior to beginning of 2001 campaign ... Owns all physical tools
to become all-star lineman if he has outstanding senior season coaches expect
from him ... Coaching staff also wants to see more physical play but considers
this veteran solid, dependable member of offensive line ... Appeared in 22 games
last two years, with seven starts ... Made three consecutuve starts in 2001
before ankle injury ended season ... Former Harvey Robinson Award winner for
his improved offensive play during 2001 spring practice ... Just concluded spring
internship with UT Executive Associate Athletics Director Gary Wyant, shadowing
him during semester in all phases of athletics administration ... Coach Stephens'
evaluation: "Jason is a very intelligent player who understands the game
and understands the calls. He's also a good leader, a glue to the offensive
line." ... Born: Nov. 30, 1981
CAREER - Games/Started: 28/10 ...
2003 - Games/Started 12/1 ... Veteran lineman has the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive front ... Saw action in all 12 games and started at left guard against South Carolina.
2002 - Games/Started 10/6 ... Returned to the line up after missing last season with an ankle injury ... Started five games at left guard ... Recovered a fumble against Wyoming that eventually led to a Vol field goal at the end of the first half ... Wyoming was returning an intercepton when the ball came free and Jason was there to scoop it up.
2001 - Games/Started: 3/3 ... Earned starting center position during fall drills and played in first three games for Vols ... Suffered ankle injury in victory over LSU and was forced to have season-ending surgery.
2000 - Games/Started: 3/0...First action came in fourth quarter of Louisiana-Monroe game when he stepped in at right guard...Practiced some at center before South Carolina game ... Played in fourth quarter of Arkansas and Kentucky games ...
HIGH SCHOOL - Named to the Parade, PrepStar, SuperPrep All-America teams and second team USA Today All-USA Team ... Listed on the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 ... Was named to the Class AAAA All-Star team by the Augusta Chronicle ... As a senior, he graded out at 90 percent and recorded 39 pancake blocks ... Team reached the Class 4A state semifinals for the first time in school history in 1999 ... Squad was ranked No. 1 in the state and sixth nationally by USA Today ... As a junior, his blocking helped pave the way for the Eagles' record-setting rushing numbers ... Center on the basketball team and threw the shot and discus ... Has a twin sister, Jennifer ... Member of student council and an honor graduate ... Is a second cousin to NBA guard Shawn Respert ... Coach at Northside High School: Conrad Nix.