September 16, 2007

Nate Allen has more than just talent

He carries a Hollywood smile and the demeanor of an Ivy Leaguer. Nate Allen is the type of young man every father would like to call his son.

The defensive back even gets kidded by his teammates, who have nicknamed him "Golden Child" and joke he cannot do any wrong in the eyes of USF head coach Jim Leavitt.

"Some of the guys call me Leavitt's son. They say I am like the teacher's pet," Allen said. "I don't know why. I get chewed out by him a lot. But I don't take it personally when he yells at me. I know he and the other coaches are trying to make me a better player. I just try to stay humble and take in as much as I can."

Staying humble is one of the things that has endeared Allen to his teammates and coaches. The free safety didn't allow all the accolades that were showered on him after the Auburn game, including national defensive player of the week honors, to affect his ego.

"It's a great honor and I just thank the lord that he blessed me with the talent to do those things. I was just trying to make an impact and help the team," Allen said.

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