#5 Armando Allen Jr.
CAREER: Versatile player who is equally adept at rushing as he is at receiving … has scored at least one touchdown via rushing, receiving, kickoff return and also has passed for a TD … most experienced running back on Irish roster in terms of games started and production … has started 19 of 33 games played at Notre Dame and gained 1,630 yards on 362 carries (4.5 yards per carry) with six rushing TDs … caught 102 passes for 695 yards and three TDs … ranks second at Notre Dame in all-time receptions by a running back (Darius Walker, 109) and has seventh-most receiving yards in a career by an Irish running back … recorded three of top 11 total reception seasons by a Notre Dame running back (50 in 2008 ranks second all-time, 28 in 2009 is tied for seventh, 24 in 2007 ranks 11th) … used as kickoff returner in first two seasons and totaled 1,247 return yards on 54 carries (23.1 average) … returned kickoff 96 yards for TD against Hawaii in 2009 Hawaii Bowl … completed both career pass attempts for 15 total yards (10 yards at UCLA in 2007, five yards for TD against Michigan State in 2009) … ranks ninth on school list for most career all-purpose yards with 3,638 (trails Raghib Ismail by 550 yards for fifth all-time; would need 1,377 yards to supplant Tim Brown at fourth).
2009 (JUNIOR): Led Irish in rushing for second straight season with 697 yards and three TDs on 142 carries … averaged career-best 4.9 yards per carry and 87.1 yards per game … caught 28 passes for 216 yards and completed second pass of his Irish career against Michigan State resulting in five-yard TD … his 28 receptions tied for seventh-most by a Notre Dame running back in a season … ranked third on team averaging 101.4 all-purpose yards per game … only appeared in eight games due to injury and missed contests against Purdue, Washington State, Navy and Stanford … started seven of eight games played at running back (did not start against Michigan State) … gained 72 yards on 15 carries with one rushing TD in season opener against Nevada … eclipsed 1,000 career rushing yards against Wolf Pack … rushed for career-best 139 yards at Michigan and added 24 yards on two receptions … helped Irish rally from two-score deficit by scoring his second rushing TD of season with 5:13 remaining in game to give Notre Dame a 32-31 lead … converted ensuing two-point conversion on Statue of Liberty play putting Irish up 34-31 … rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries (5.0 yards per carry) with another rushing TD against Michigan State … became first Notre Dame running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards in consecutive games since Robert Hughes closed 2007 season with 100+ yard performances … was first Irish running back to rush for a TD in three straight games since Darius Walker in 2006 … tossed first career TD pass to Robby Parris with 11:49 to go in third quarter to give Irish a 23-17 lead against Spartans … became first Notre Dame non-quarterback to throw a TD pass since Nick Setta against Rutgers in 2000 … was first Irish running back to register a rushing TD and passing TD in same game since Allen Pinkett in 1984 … missed Purdue game due to injury and played sparingly against Washington, totaling 39 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards against Huskies … recorded 51 rushing yards on 12 carries against USC and added 35 yards on two receptions versus Trojans … averaged 4.2 yards per carry against USC defense that entered the contest allowing 2.0 yards per rush … against Boston College gained 98 yards on 21 carries (4.7 yards per carry) including three rushes over 10 yards … missed games against Washington State and Navy and returned to face No. 8 Pittsburgh … rushed 14 times for 77 yards against Panthers and tallied eight receptions for 33 yards … recorded season-best 170 all-purpose yards in final home game against Connecticut … gained 106 yards on career-high 24 carries against Huskies and added season-best 64 receiving yards on seven receptions … logged 183:12 of playing time with four special-teams appearances.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Led the Irish in rushing with 585 yards on 134 carries (4.4 avg) and added three TDs in a talented Notre Dame backfield … ranked second on the team with 50 receptions and tallied 355 receiving yards and two TDs … the 50 receptions rank second all-time at Notre Dame for an Irish running back (Darius Walker, 56 receptions, 2006) … recorded 1,549 all-purpose yards, averaging 119.2 yards per game, second on the team to Golden Tate … appeared in all 13 games, making eight starts … started every game except Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Navy and Hawaii … tallied 158 all-purpose yards in the season opener against San Diego State, including 59 yards rushing and 18 yards receiving … established his career-long punt return of 22 yards … picked up four first downs (three rushing) and had two rushes for over 10 yards against the Aztecs … registered 198 all-purpose yards, including a 53-yard kick return against Michigan State … totaled 147 yards in kickoff returns, the most by an Irish player since 2006 and second-most in the Charlie Weis era … had a career day vs. Purdue by recording 247 all-purpose yards (134 rush, nine receiving, 105 kickoff return), including his first rushing touchdown as a member of the Irish in the third quarter … eclipsed the 100-yard rush mark for the first time in his Notre Dame career, and tallied the longest rush of his career (three 21-yard carries) … capped a five-play, 81-yard scoring drive with a 16-yard touchdown run … rushed for 45 yards on that drive alone … prior to the game, the longest run of his career was 15 yards, but he had four runs longer than 15 yards against the Boilermakers … finished with a career-best 134 yards rushing, good for a 7.9 per carry average (the 7.9 per carry average was the highest for a Notre Dame player since Darius Walker averaged 10.2 against Air Force on Nov. 11, 2006, and second-highest in the Weis era) … the 247 all-purpose yards against Purdue were the most by a player under Weis and most since 2003 for Notre Dame … against Stanford, he started for the second consecutive game and recorded 153 all-purpose yards on the day … also recorded a career-best seven pass receptions and had his first career multi-touchdown game vs. the Cardinal … three of his receptions went for over 15 yards and were all good for first downs … collected 130 all-purpose yards against North Carolina, marking the third straight game eclipsing the 100-yard mark in all-purpose yards (despite limited action as the Irish spent much of the game in four- and five-receiver sets) … also tallied four first downs (two on rushes and two on receptions) … added two receptions over 15 yards and two carries over 10 yards vs. the Tar Heels … rushed for 62 yards on 15 carries (4.1 per rush) against Washington … secured three first downs for the Irish and recorded two runs of 10 yards or more vs. the Huskies … carried the ball a season-high 19 times vs. Pittsburgh, gaining 73 yards … also recorded three catches totaling 13 yards … picked up three first downs for the Irish and had two rushes exceeding 10 yards against the Panthers … against Boston College, he broke his previous career high of seven receptions by hauling in nine passes … also recorded 71 all-purpose yards on the day (24 rush, 47 receiving), with a long carry of 12 yards … the nine receptions vs. the Eagles were the most ever by an Irish running back … rushed eight times for 60 yards (7.5 avg.) and a touchdown vs. Navy … added seven catches for 60 yards (8.6 avg.) in the win … fourth game of season with at least seven receptions … registered 184 all-purpose yards in Notre Dame’s bowl game victory against Hawai’i, including a 96-yard kick return for a TD … the first kickoff return score of his career and first for the Irish since Vontez Duff vs. Navy in 2002 … also caught two passes for 59 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown reception vs. the Warriors … logged 188:44 of playing time with 59 special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Recorded team-best 1,176 all-purpose yards, averaging 98.0 yards per game … second-leading rusher on the team with 348 yards on 86 carries (4.0 avg.) … caught 24 passes (fifth most on the team) for 124 yards and one touchdown … returned 33 kickoffs for 704 yards (both single-season school records) … one of four freshmen who played in all 12 games and started at running back in four games – Penn State, Michigan, Navy and Duke … gained 25 yards on three rushes while splitting time with four other running backs in season opener vs. Georgia Tech … led the Irish with 116 all-purpose yards against Penn State … became the first freshman to start at running back (at Penn State) since Darius Walker in ’04 vs. Purdue … had eight carries for 11 net yards vs. Penn State … recorded six receptions for 38 yards, both team-highs against the Nittany Lions … had nine carries for 24 yards against Michigan … finished with four kickoff returns for 80 yards vs. Purdue … had 25 yards rushing on six carries vs. the Boilermakers … increased his all purpose yards per game to 81.5 after the UCLA game … had three kickoff returns for 73 yards with a long of 31 yards vs. the Bruins … had three receptions for 16 yards vs. Boston College … led the team with 58 yards on 11 rushes against USC … recorded 226 all-purpose yards vs. Navy … that effort ranks tied for the 11th most all-purpose yards in single-game Irish history … registered a season-long kickoff return of 38 yards vs. Navy … racked up season-high 91 yards rushing vs. the Midshipmen … caught first touchdown pass of his Irish career against Air Force … led the team with 161 all-purpose yards vs. the Falcons … had 42 rushing yards and 17 receiving against Duke … logged 99:59 of playing time and made 55 special teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 2006 as one of 14 running backs … rated 38th best overall national prospect by CSTV – and eighth among running backs … rated 52nd nationally on Rivals.com Top 100 list, as well as 10th among Florida players and second among all-purpose backs … listed as one of 12 running backs on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram … preseason broken fibula ended his 2006 senior season before it ever began at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in Hialeah, Fla. … rated number-one senior prospect in Dade County on preseason basis for 2006 by Miami Herald … rated 12th on list of top Florida prospects at end of ’06 season by South Florida Sun-Sentinel … rushed for 1,095 yards and 12 TDs as junior in 2005, despite missing three games to injury … led Miami Lakes Trojans to 6-3 record and runner-up finish in Florida District 13-6A, plus regional quarterfinal slot in state playoffs in ’05 that produced loss to unbeaten Columbus … second-team Florida Class 6A all-state selection at running back as junior in 2005 by Florida Sports Writers Association … first-team all-Dade County pick as running back as junior in 2005 by Miami Herald … rated eighth-best overall prospect nationally – and second among running backs — on 2006 preseason basis by Sporting News … one of top 33 running backs nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview … rated 42nd national prospect (and seventh among running backs, 13th in the Southeast) on preseason basis by Sporting News SchoolSports … ran 4.38 in the 40 (best of the 550 competitors) at the ’06 U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine where he was chosen the offensive MVP … selected for 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but did not participate because of his injury … ran for more than 1,000 yards as sophomore in 2004 … missed half his freshman season after suffering broken wrist in his first varsity game … won Florida Class 4A state prep title with 13.82 clocking in 110-meter hurdles in 2006 as junior … named top male athlete at Hialeah-Miami Lakes as freshman, sophomore and junior … played for coach Jerry Hughes at Hialeah-Miami Lakes … enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 … from same high school as former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey and current Duke quarterback Thad Lewis … son of Valderia Allen … born April 30, 1989 … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and majoring in sociology.
Allen’s Career Statistics