After being dismissed from Indiana following serious felony charges, defensive back Antonio Allen will head to the FCS level and play for the Indiana State Sycamores. Mike Miller of the Bloomington Herald-Times reported the development.
Allen was booted from the Hoosiers’ football program back in June and faces multiple felony charges including dealing meth, heroin and cocaine. He was also caught on tape selling drugs to a police informant and if he is convicted on all counts, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
It’s looking like a tremendous waste of talent for Allen, who posted 110 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and a fumble recovery in two years with the Hoosiers.
Though Allen is eligible to play immediately for Indiana State since the school’s football team plays in FCS, he will instead redshirt this season to focus on handling his legal issues. Sycamores head coach Mike Sanford spoke briefly on the addition of the talented young defensive back.
“We proceeded cautiously,” Sanford said. “I did a lot of research — we as a staff did a lot of research, talked to a lot of coaches from his past, both at IU and Ben Davis, talked to a bunch of players that know him who either played against him or knew him, or came out of school the same year as him that are in our program. Without going into detail, it allowed me to feel comfortable taking the next step.”
“To me, the motivation on this is about helping him, mentoring him and providing an opportunity for him to get his life back together,” Sanford said.
Indiana State opens the season at home against the Pioneer Football League’s Butler Bulldogs on September 5.
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