Dwayne Allen has a lot to prepare for as he readies himself for his rookie season. He is going from a 10-4 Clemson squad to a Indianapolis Colts team that went 2-14 last year. He will have another rookie throwing him the ball in Andrew Luck, and some stiff competition at tight end from Luck's former Stanford teammate, Coby Fleener.
Dan Rubenstein sat down with the John Mackey Award winner at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Hollywood to talk about adjusting to life in the NFL, the cold Indiana winters, and doing pilates to help keep the lower body limber.
Allen certainly has a lot on his plate, but he made it clear that he wants to make an impact any way he can, saying, "whatever role the give me, I'm going to embrace it and try to be the most consistent and reliable player that I can be for my team."
While the Colts can reasonably expect a few more bumps in the road this season, Allen is ready to embrace the challenge.
"You're in the National Football League, people don't rebuild, this isn't college," Allen said. "You just get better and reload. And that's exactly what we're doing in Indianapolis. We're reloading with talent, with the offensive coordinator, with different personnel, with special teams. It's a great feeling going for it."