Kyle Allen
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Allen in 2018
No. 7 – Carolina Panthers
Personal information
Born: (1996-03-08) March 8, 1996 (age 24)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Desert Mountain
(Scottsdale, Arizona)
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2018–present)
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Passing completions:20
Passing attempts:31
Passing yards:266
Passer rating:108.8
Player stats at

Kyle Allen (born March 8, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Texas A&M Aggies and Houston Cougars.

High school career[edit | edit source]

Allen attended Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] During his high school career, he passed for over 8,000 yards and had 86 passing touchdowns.[2] Allen was a five-star recruit by and was ranked as the best pro-style quarterback and seventh best player overall in his class.[3] In June 2013, he committed to Texas A&M University to play college football.[4][5] Allen was highly recruited out of high school; in addition to Texas A&M, he received offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UCLA, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.[6] Allen played for the West team in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He completed 12 of 18 passes, and set an Army Bowl record with 183 passing yards.[7][8]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Kyle Allen
[[Scottsdale, Arizona]] Desert Mountain High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 4.9 Jun 3, 2013 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   ESPN grade: 85
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 1 (QB)   Rivals: 1 (QB)  ESPN: 1 (QB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career[edit | edit source]

Texas A&M[edit | edit source]

2014[edit | edit source]

As a true freshman in 2014, Allen competed with Kenny Hill before the season for the starting quarterback position.[9] Hill would win the job with Allen appearing in games as a backup.[10] After the team lost three straight games in October, the competition was opened again prior to the game against Louisiana-Monroe, and Allen won the starting quarterback position.[11][12]

On September 14, 2014, he made his first appearance with the Aggies and threw 12/16 completions for 122-yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception. The next week he took on #3 Auburn in Auburn, Alabama. He led the unranked Aggies past the Tigers while throwing for 277 yards and 4 touchdowns along with 1 interception in a 41–38 win, ending Auburn's chances of making the playoffs and putting A&M back in the Top 25.

Allen would finish the season with a 3–2 win-loss record, including a bowl win and its MVP award. He finished his freshman season with 118/192(61.5%) completions, 1,322 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.

2015[edit | edit source]

Following the transfer of Kenny Hill to Texas Christian University, Allen was positioned to be the starter for the Aggies in 2015.[13] On August 24 during the 2015 off-season, Allen was named the starting quarterback against Arizona State with competition from incoming freshman Kyler Murray.[14]

Texas A&M got off to a 5–0 start, as Allen led the SEC in passing efficiency. Then, against Alabama, he threw three interceptions that were returned for touchdowns in a 41–23 loss. During that game, on Oct 16, he had a 50 percent completion rate.[15] He went 12-for-34 passing (35.3 percent passing completion rate) for 88 yards in a 23–3 loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 24.[16] The Friday before the following game, head coach Kevin Sumlin named Kyler Murray the starter[17] and Allen started to practice with the third team.

Against Alabama, Allen said he suffered an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder but told the coaching staff he was well enough to face Ole Miss. Allen would then miss playing in the 35–28 win on Oct 31 against South Carolina and the Aggies loss to Auburn (26–10). Kyler Murray would start in both of those games and a home win over Western Carolina. Allen would return as the starter on Nov 21, a 25–0 win over Vanderbilt. He played his last game with the Aggies on November 28, 2015, completing 15/28 passes for 161-yards and a touchdown in a 7–19 loss to LSU. He finished his second year with completing 160/283 passes for 2,210-yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Allen also ran for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns.

On December 10, 2015, Allen announced he would be transferring from Texas A&M and then over two weeks later, the Aggies' other quarterback, Kyler Murray, announced he would be transferring.[18] This decision made him unavailable to play in the Aggies' Music City bowl game. Allen ended his Aggies career with 278 completions in 475 attempts (58.5%), 3,532 passing yards, 33 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 20 games.[19]

Houston[edit | edit source]

2016[edit | edit source]

Allen announced on January 5, 2016, that he intended to transfer to the University of Houston.[20] Allen began classes at Houston on January 19, but was not eligible to play for the Cougars during the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines that require transfers to sit out a single year.[21]

2017[edit | edit source]

Allen began the 2017 season as the starting quarterback for the Houston Cougars. His first game was a 19–16 victory by the Cougars over the Arizona Wildcats on September 9, 2017.[22]

Allen then proceeds to be benched in favor of Kyle Postma during UH's third game Against Texas Tech after throwing 4 interceptions in 3 games. On January 11, 2018, Allen announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.[23]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Through the end of the 2017 season, Allen's statistics are as follows:[24]

NCAA collegiate career statistics
Texas A&M Aggies
Season Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD
2014 118 192 1,322 61.5 16 7 139.5 29 44 1.5 1
2015 160 283 2,210 56.5 17 7 137.0 65 102 1.6 2
Houston Cougars
2017 80 105 751 76.2 4 4 141.2 11 −14 −1.3 0
NCAA career totals 358 580 4,283 61.7 37 18 138.6 105 132 1.3 3

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Carolina Panthers[edit | edit source]

On April 28, 2018, Allen signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent.[25] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[26][27] He was released on September 10, 2018.[28] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 30, 2018.[29] On December 20, 2018, Allen was promoted to the active roster to back up Taylor Heinicke after starter Cam Newton was shut down for the season.[30] On December 23, 2018, he made his NFL debut against the Atlanta Falcons in relief for an injured Heinicke going 4-of-4 with 38 yards in his two drives before Heinicke came back into the game at the two minute warning of the first half.[31] Allen would go on to make his first NFL start in the last game of the season against the New Orleans Saints.[32] He went 16-of-27 with 228 passing yards, with two passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. He suffered an injury early in the fourth quarter and was relieved by Garrett Gilbert.[33]

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD INT Rate Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2018 CAR 2 1 20 31 64.5 266 8.6 2 0 113.1 5 19 3.8 10 1 0 0
Totals 2 1 20 31 64.5 266 8.6 2 0 113.1 5 19 3.8 10 1 0 0


References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Duarte, Joseph (September 9, 2017). "Return to field long awaited by UH's Kyle Allen" (in en-US).
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  12. "'Trill' is gone: Allen replaces Hill as A&M QB" (in en). October 31, 2014.
  13. Staples, Andy. "What Kenny Hill learned from the Kenny Trill frenzy" (in en).
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  22. Duarte, Joseph (September 10, 2017). "UH holds off Arizona to give Major Applewhite first win".
  23. Duarte, Joseph (January 11, 2018). "Houston QB Kyle Allen to enter NFL draft". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  24. "Kyle Allen". Retrieved January 14, 2018.
  25. Gantt, Darin (April 28, 2018). "Panthers add undrafted quarterback Kyle Allen".
  26. Voth, Bill (September 1, 2018). "Panthers trim roster to 53".
  27. Voth, Bill (September 2, 2018). "Frazier, Allen among 10 signed to practice squad".
  28. Smith, Bradley (September 10, 2018). "Panthers sign DT Kendrick Norton to practice squad, waive QB Kyle Allen".
  29. Leekley, Evan (October 30, 2018). "Panthers add quarterback Kyle Allen to practice squad; cut safety Dezmen Southward".
  30. Scott, Jelani (December 20, 2018). "Panthers place Shaq Thompson on injured reserve".
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