Allen showed flashes of greatness in two seasons at Texas A&M, where as a freshman in 2014 he first lost a quarterback competition to Kenny Hill before winning the spot midseason. In ’15, Allen started 5–0 before effectively losing his job after a three-interception performance against Alabama in October. The Aggies turned to Allen again in November, but after the season he announced his intention to transfer.
At Texas A&M, Allen completed 58.5% of his passes for 3,532 yards and a 33:14 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He spent last season waiting in the wings at Houston as Greg Ward finished his collegiate career, and now the job is his under new coach Major Applewhite. Even without new Texas coach Tom Herman—and after a somewhat disappointing end to 2016—Houston should compete to win the American Athletic Conference, and having a player with Allen’s upside along with a strong running back and receiving corps makes the Cougars’ offense look like a definite threat.