I recently caught up with 2012 walk-on punter Kenny Allen briefly today. He is being joined by his teammate and long snapper Tyler Tokarsky from Fenton, MI. Read on to find out about this talented kicker and punter.
Q: Talk about your feelings regarding the Alabama game. This will be the first game you might dress for, how big is that for you?
A: I can’t even describe how excited I am for that game. I don’t know for sure if I will be on the travel squad but I’m going to work as hard as I can to make it.
Q: You’re heading to Ann Arbor with your long snapper (Tyler Tokarsky) from high school. From a kicker/punter standpoint, how important is chemistry between a kicker/punter and his long snapper?
A: The chemistry between a kicker/punter and his long snapper is very important because when they’re out on the field it comes down to them and the holder. They have to be able to trust them and work together to make everything go as smooth as possible. I trust Tyler 150% to give me a good clean snap.
Q: Have the coaches given you any indication whether you will be given a chance to compete for the starting punter position?
A: I planned on redshirting but I was told that I can compete for the starting job. It just depends on how well I perform this fall.
Q: After your career as a Michigan Wolverine is over, what would you like to say that you have accomplish during your four years?
A: I have high hopes for myself, as should every college athlete. I hope I can say I was an important contribution to the team and put in a lot of hard work. I hope to be able to say I was an all-league punter an maybe All American.
Q: What are you doing in regards to training to prepare to head to school?
A: As far as training goes, I kick 2-3 times a week. I also work out and run. I don’t really have a schedule until I get down there in June. But, I just do what I have been doing for the past year or so.
Q: Final question, why be a Michigan Wolverine? What drew you to that school?
A: For me it was easy to pick Michigan, I even turned down a full ride. I’ve always been a Michigan fan and I wanted to be a part of everything that Michigan stands for. The tradition and atmosphere in Ann Arbor is great and the education is the best around so I wanted a degree from there too.