INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indianapolis Colts second year tight end Dwayne Allen had a breakout year his rookie season, and the good news for Colts fans: they'll be seeing a lot more of him.
"The sky's the limit. He's big. He's physical. He's fast," said Colts new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.
Hamilton's new "no-coast" offense places a premium on tight end play.
"He'll play a big part in our offense," said Hamilton. "Tight ends really are the driving force of our versatility with our personnel group, and his overall versatility, his ability to play without the ball is huge."
No surprise, that's music to Allen's ears.
"Very excited, I try to control myself by listening to some Adele before practice or else I go out there and go crazy," said Allen.
He also has a unique view about expectations for himself this season.
"I have no goals for the season yet, because I don't know my role on this team. That's because we're in training camp," said Allen. "I believe every team's makeup is made during training camp. That's when coaches are able to take pieces and put them here, put them there, so I'm still waiting on what my role is going to be."
Off the field, however, Allen knows exactly what he wants his role to be. Earlier this summer, he spoke to incoming players at the NFL rookie symposium about the importance of staying on the right path.
"It's important to me to pass it along," said Allen. "My mom always told me if you can, learn from others' mistakes, so you don't have to make them, and that's all I try to do for those other guys."
You can catch Allen throughout the 2013 football season on SportsLocker Sunday. Allen will serve as our WISH-TV player analyst along with Colts defensive end Cory Redding.
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