Iowa State tight end Chase Allen likely will have a better story than most of his fellow Cyclones incoming freshmen come camp. The incoming recruit was hit by a car while leaving the Cyclones’ practice facility on Thursday, Rance Burger of the Des Moines Register reports.
Allen landed on the car’s windshield and shattered the glass. He popped up quickly and did not require an ambulance to transport him to an Ames-area hospital. However, the Cyclones freshman pass-catcher did need 103 stitches, being accompanied to the emergency room by Iowa State coaches.
“I was crossing the street and a car didn’t see me but I had time to react and jump,” Allen told the Register. “The coaches were there with me in the E.R., and I’ll be cleared when the stitches heal up. (It) could have been so much worse.”
He avoided hitting his head in the collision and managed to escape the ordeal without suffering any bone injuries, Burger reports. He’s more concerned, per Burger, with how much practice time he’ll miss as he attempts to compete for a spot on the Cyclones’ two-deep. This could help persuade the coaching staff to redshirt him, the standard practice for most incoming freshmen.
A three-star recruit, per Rivals.com, Allen visited Michigan, Minnesota and Nebraska before deciding to sign with the Big 12 program now coached by Matt Campbell after the Paul Rhoads era concluded after last season. A linebacker and tight end at Nixa (Missouri) High School, Allen caught 33 passes for 654 yards and seven touchdowns. As a defender, he made 92 tackles (11 for loss) and three sacks.
Allen ultimately received 19 Division I scholarship offers before committing to Iowa State in January. He’s the son of former Kansas head football coach Terry Allen.