The last time Devon Allen competed on one of the biggest stages in sports, his night ended quickly.
This was New Year’s Day 2015. The freshman Authentic Germain Ifedi Jersey who’d had seven college touchdowns and a 110-yard performance against Michigan State was standing in a Pasadena end zone. He was ready to receive the opening kickoff in the College Football Playoff’s first-ever semifinal.
Allen shook one tackler, but a Seminole spun him down at Oregon’s 20-yard line. The Rose Bowl was underway.
But something was amiss. He lumbered Authentic J’Marcus Webb Jersey toward the Oregon sideline. He’d never join Marcus Mariota and the Ducks’ offense on that field.
“Everybody’s gonna run fast, but I think just competing well is gonna get you the gold, Allen said, “hopefully, with one of those fast times that we all strive for.”
The Ducks start fall camp on Aug. 8. Allen expects to get back to Oregon on Aug. 22. He’s got a football game on Sept. 3.
Allen plans to take a few days off once he arrives home. He and his family have worked out a plan for Allen to get in 10 practices and play at least by Oregon’s second game of the year, Sept. 10 against Virginia, though Allen might be able to get back for the Ducks’ opener against UC Davis a week before that.
“I think it’ll be a quick turnaround,” he said.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory has opted to check himself into a treatment facility and will not attend training camp, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Gregory had been issued a four-game suspension to start the season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Gregory had another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy and would be facing a longer suspension.
The Cowboys selected Gregory in the second round of the 2015 draft. Gregory was widely considered to have first-round talent, but failed drug tests at the Combine caused his draft stock to fall.
“You can think about that, but it’s really just about competing and playing against yourself,” Allen said. “It doesn’t matter. If anybody runs 14-flat, as long as you get first place, you’re gonna get the gold.”
Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich has thrown enthusiastic support behind Allen.