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In which BracketCat counts down the 52nd day until the 2020 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Nick Allen.

#52 Charmeachealle Moore
Walk-on linebacker Nick Allen has inherited Charmeachealle Moore’s (52) number. But considering Moore has seen playing time in the NFL, Allen has a ways to go to prove his equal.
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Disclaimer: As the 2020 current football season still is technically set to proceed as planned in Manhattan on Sept. 5, we will continue the Countdown as normal for now.

#52 Nick Allen

Redshirt Sophomore | 5-11 | 221 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
Nick Allen
Nick Allen
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Third-String
  • Status: Preferred Walk-On

Nicholas Randall Allen (b. Nov. 5, 1999) is a linebacker from Blue Valley High School Southwest in Overland Park majoring in life sciences with the career aspiration of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He redshirted in 2018 and saw action in all 13 games of 2019.

Allen totaled a pair of tackles on punt coverage while being an integral part of K-State’s blocking unit for its four kickoff-return touchdowns. He also had a pass breakup as a reserve linebacker against Bowling Green and earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

Allen played at Blue Valley Southwest under head coach Anthony Orrick and was named to the Kansas Football Coaches Association (KFBCA) Top 11 team as one of the best 11 players in the state of Kansas among all classes in 2017.

He earned first-team all-state honors as a senior from KFBCA, The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle, while he also was an honorable mention pick from the latter two organizations as a junior.

Allen was named the 2017 Eastern Kansas League (EKL) Defensive Player of the Year after totaling 151 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

He also was named a first-team All-Metro performer by the Star and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the most outstanding lineman or linebacker among big-class schools in the Kansas City area.

Allen is majoring in biology, with the career aspiration of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

“It’s been my dream,” he told the Star. “I grew up in Kansas my whole life, and I always loved K-State and the color purple.”

Allen had opportunities to go the community college route on a scholarship, or he could have walked on at Oklahoma State. But the Wildcats gave him a clear picture of the future.

“I just told myself if I were to get a scholarship to anywhere that I would consider it until I got a scholarship or (preferred walk-on offer) from K-State,” he said.