Jody Allen is in his 10th season at Florida State as one of the nation's top up and coming coaches and has quickly developed the reputation as one of the hardest working coaches in college football.
Five of Allen's defensive ends have been selected in the last seven NFL drafts. Following the 2004 season, both of Allen's defensive ends were selected in the draft.
With his work ethic have come results as he coached the top overall NFL Draft selection of the Carolina Panthers (Everette Brown) and the Lou Groza Award winner (Graham Gano) in 2008.
Allen has coached two early round NFL Draft picks (Kamerion Wimbley, first round in 2006 and Brown in 2009) in the last two seasons. Wimbley was the 13th overall selection and went to the Cleveland Browns in 2006.
Wimbley set the Browns franchise rookie record with 11 sacks and ranked second in the NFL among rookies in 2006.
Three defensive linemen have been taken in the first round of the NFL draft since Allen began working with the ends.
Allen added the title of Special Teams Coordinator in 2007 along with coaching the Seminole defensive ends.
In his first season coordinating Florida State's special teams: -the squad's average per punt return increased. -placekicker Gary Cismesia was named an All-American. -Graham Gano had the best season by an FSU punter in more than a decade. -Michael Ray Garvin set the school record for the most kick-off return yards in a season.
In his second season coordinating Florida State's special teams: - placekicker Graham Gano won the most coveted kicking award in college football - the Lou Groza Award. - punter Graham Gano was named the Most Valuable Player of the Champs Sports Bowl as the Seminoles defeated Wisconsin. - placekicker Graham Gano led the nation in field goals made per game. - Michael Ray Gravin ranked second in the nation and set a school record with a 30.1 yards per kick return average.
Allen worked under Mickey Andrews with the Seminole defensive backs as a graduate assistant and in 2001. In that year Derrick Gibson was Oakland's first round pick in the NFL draft.
Four members of the secondaries Allen worked with were selected in the NFL draft.
Allen's #1 Picks
Everette Brown...................................... (Panthers No. 1 Draft Choice in 2009)
Kamerion Wimbley ..................................(Browns No. 1 Draft Choice in 2006)
Derrick Gibson........................................ (Raiders No. 1 Draft Choice in 2001)
Allen's Quick Facts
Years as a Collegiate Coach: 19
Born: Atlanta, GA Date of Birth: August 6, 1960
Family: Married to Emilie
1983 Marion Military Institute (offensive line)
1984-85 Alabama (graduate assistant)
1986 Alabama (receivers)
1987-89 Ole Miss (receivers)
1990-91 Ole Miss (running backs)
1992 Arkansas State (receivers)
1993 Arkansas State (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks)
1994 B.C. Lions (CFL) (receivers/special teams coordinator)
1995 Shreveport Pirates (CFL) (receivers/special teams coordinator)
1997 Murray State (receivers)
1998 Griffin (GA) High School (offensive coordinator)
1999 Valdosta State (receivers)
2000-01 Florida State (graduate assistant)
2002- Florida State (defensive ends)