Oregon Track/Football star, Devon Allen, announced today that he will forego his remaining collegiate eligibility in both sports and turn his attention toward a professional track career.
Allen, a current redshirt junior WR for the Ducks has had a tremendous athletic career at Oregon on the football field and on the track.
After suffering a knee injury in the 2014 Rose Bowl, Allen spent months rehabbing in time to compete with the UO Track team and ultimately competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials where he qualified to represent the United States in the 110 meter Hurdles in Rio. After finishing fifth overall, Allen returned home to Eugene to rejoin the Oregon Football team who had already started Fall Camp.
Following solid performances in Oregon’s first two games, Allen suffered a season-ending knee injury in Oregon’s third game of the season against Nebraska. Since that time, Allen has been a solid leader on the sidelines in a very difficult season for the Ducks.
Allen told reporters today that his ideal plan would be to focus on his track career over the next couple of years in hopes of winning a gold medal in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He then plans to reevaluate things and possibly look at returning to football.
For the time being, Allen hopes to stay and train in Eugene, depending on how things unfold with an agent and likely endorsements.
“I recognize that my success to date has been the result of the contributions of many who have supported me along this journey,” Allen said.
” I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my family, coaches, teammates, school administrators, friends, classmates, and all the fans who made competing at Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field some of the most unforgettable experiences I could ever imagine.”