Football is no longer the sport with which Devon Allen is most associated, but his gridiron career could very well be in jeopardy after the events of Saturday. The two-sport standout left Oregon’s matchup against Nebraska after suffering a non-contact knee injury which has since been diagnosed as a torn left ACL, reports Matt Prehm of 247Sports.com.
Allen’s season is almost certainly over and the junior wide receiver must now consider what comes next.
He notably spent the summer away from the Ducks’ football program while making a successful bid for the Olympics. The United States Champion 110-meter hurdler became one of the world’s elite performers and now likely has a pair of torn ACLs on medical history.
The presumed ligament tear comes in Allen’s previously healthy knee. The third-year Ducks contributor tore his right ACL in the 2015 Rose Bowl and did not make much of an impact last season as a result. Although Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has yet to confirm this, the Ducks are set to be without their speedster this season.
Allen will likely finish this season with a staggering yards-per-catch average of 35.1 after hauling in four passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. He finished 2015 with nine catches for 94 yards after his freshman campaign in 2014 ended with 41 receptions for 684 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 6-0, 185-pound talent looms as a potential NFL prospect but also now operates as a surefire track and field professional if he were to announce that will be his path. Allen defeated 2012 Olympic Champion Aries Merritt and former world champ Jason Richardson at the United States Olympic Trials in July and then finished fifth at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Oregon lost 35-32 to Nebraska to fall to 2-1, but still has quality receivers still in the fold. The Ducks’ powerful track and field team, however, may have lost the defending NCAA Hurdle Champion.