Georgia Bulldogs true freshman linebacker C.J. Allen was outstanding in his first career start against the Ole Miss Rebels. Allen was called into action after All-SEC linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson suffered a broken forearm against Missouri.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker from Barnesville, Georgia, recorded nine tackles and a sack against Ole Miss. Allen’s fantastic performance against Ole Miss drew a lot of praise and recognition.
Allen stepped up similar to how tight end Oscar Delp stepped up after Brock Bowers went down with ankle injury against Vanderbilt. Allen’s level of play did not drop off much from Dumas-Johnson’s. Allen maintained Georgia’s standard and helped the Dawgs win 52-17 against Ole Miss.
The freshman sensation earned several awards and other pieces of recognition for his Ole Miss performance.
Allen blows up 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle
CJ Allen blew up a massive Ole Miss offense tackle on a run play, but unfortunately we no longer have a copy of that video anymore. Allen showed prowess as a run defender against Ole Miss as the Bulldogs held the Rebels’ running game in check after the start of the game.
On3's true freshman of the week
Week 11 College Football True Freshman Standouts headlined by Georgia LB CJ Allen🔥
— On3 (@On3sports) November 13, 2023
On3 named C.J. Allen as its true freshman of the week. Allen is a former elite recruit and has excellent speed.
SEC true freshman of the week
🏈 WK11 | SEC Football Player of the Week
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 13, 2023
The SEC named C.J. Allen as the conference’s true freshman of the week for his performance against Ole Miss.
Analyst praises C.J. Allen
There hasn’t been a freshman in college football that put tape on like CJ Allen did this weekend.
— Brooks Austin (@BrooksAustinBA) November 13, 2023
Former UGA LB Rennie Curran praises Allen
Loving what I’m seeing from the young pup Cj Allen! @GeorgiaFootball linebackers have a bright future🙏🏿💪🏿
— Rennie Curran (@RennieCurran53) November 12, 2023
Allen made impact tackles
UGA freshman LB CJ Allen is going to be a giant headache for opponents.
All 5 of his tackles against the run resulted in failures for OM. The Avg Depth of Tackle was 1.6 yards. All 3 of his pass play tackles created failures too
Heat seeking missile with unreal lateral speed
— Graham Coffey (@GrahamCoffeyDC) November 12, 2023
Georgia's defense locked up Ole Miss in the second half
CJ Allen is the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Allen, a native of Barnesville, Ga., led the Bulldogs in tackles with nine stops, including a sack, during his first start filling in for the injured Jamon Dumas-Johnson. He was part of a unit that held the Rebels to just three points in…
— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) November 13, 2023
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart on C.J. Allen
Kirby Smart has been seeing C.J. Allen play well for a while, so he was not surprised. However, Allen played a lot more snaps than usual against Ole Miss.
Exactly like I expected C.J. Allen to do. He’s already played this year; he’s played, I think, almost every game. He’s smart, intelligent, instinctive, athletic, great kid. So, he did what he’s supposed to do, and he can play better, and he’ll get even better this week.