By LARRY VAUGHT
Boyle County head coach Chuck Smith has won six state high school championships and also spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky where he coached linebackers such as Wesley Woodyard and Danny Trevathan — who are both still playing in the NFL.
One of his former Boyle players, Jacob Tamme, also played at UK and then nine years in the NFL.
Smith has watched Lexington Catholic quarterback Beau Allen play against his team the last three years and likely will see the UK commit in the playoffs again Nov. 15. From all he’s seen, Smith likes what the future Wildcat can do.
“I think he is a really good player,” Smith said. “He stays in the pocket and delivers the ball. He’s not afraid to take a hit as he delivers the ball and I really think he has got better every year we have played him. He just really throws a good ball and he’s not afraid to run the ball.
think he has got better every year.”
Allen has thrown for over 3,000 yards this year — he was 28 of 44 passing for 286 yards and one score with two interceptions in Friday’s 42-31 loss to unbeaten Frederick Douglas — and has 35 touchdown passes to just five interceptions in 329 pass attempts. However, he also ran for over 400 yards and nine scores in 10 games, too.
“The fact that he can run the football puts a lot of pressure on the defense and then is pretty accurate throwing makes him really good,” Smith said. “He can scramble out of danger in college. He will not be a running quarterback because they (opposing players) are all fast.
“I do not consider Beau fast or slow. He just has a good feel for the pocket, steps up, moves right or left or does whatever he has to do throw the ball and that will help a lot at the next level. He just knows how to play.”