ORLANDO, Fla. – To watch Asher Allen on the field, it might comes as a bit of a surprise that the Georgia cornerback takes few things seriously. Football is one of them. School is another.
Beyond that, life is just a big game, and Allen came to play.
The boisterous junior is a favorite among members of the media. Even he has termed himself a “quote machine” for his lack of shyness in front of the camera or a group of reporters with voice recorders.
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Allen offers no apologies for his somewhat flamboyant personality. It’s just who he is.
“My whole family, both sides of the family are joking people. It’s so hard to catch any one of us serious,” Allen said with his trademark smile. “I got friends all the time that say, ‘Asher, are you ever serious?’ I think that’s just the laughing and that kind of attitude. They say the more you laugh, the longer you live.”
If that’s the case, Allen’s going to be around a while, and he’s going to enjoy every moment life has to offer him. While he admits to being the clown of Georgia’s Capital One Bowl team, there’s a deeper meaning to his ability to make light of any situation.
Before Georgia’s practice Sunday afternoon, the team had a chance to play miniature golf with disadvantaged children from the Orlando area. Allen recognizes that he’s in a position to not only make those lesser advantaged feel better in any way he can, but also that those situations help him take stock of his own life and appreciate everything he has going on.
“That’s something that I always enjoy. But my kid, he had to lose. I’m sorry. I was 3-under,” Allen said jokingly of his time playing miniature golf. “I was with a boy named Ian out of Universal High School and he was in ninth grade and we had a lot of fun. Just seeing the kids around, seeing the smiles on their faces, that’s stuff that, no matter who you are, it just makes you smile. It makes you appreciate what you’re doing.”
That attitude, while it serves him well off the field, transitions over to his play in Georgia’s secondary. Allen’s main responsibility is to keep the ball away from opposing receivers, but how he goes about that goes beyond just his athletic ability.
Allen rarely stifles his emotions on the field, taking every opportunity he has to get in a receiver’s head by talking and trying to get his opponent to laugh.
But Allen’s teammates say there’s a thin line between fooling around and having fun while taking care of business on the field, and perhaps no one walks that line better than Allen.
“He can be spontaneous at times. He’s just a goofy guy, but real focused,” Georgia linebacker Rennie Curran said. “He’s all about his business, doesn’t fool around too much. He’s a guy that, when it comes to football, he’s real football smart. He stays in the weight room. He stays in the film room, putting in that extra time.”
His personality, however, remains his strongest suit and what he’s known for in Georgia’s locker room. Allen is majoring in health promotion and behavior with a desire to train athletes how to eat right and work out correctly to get the most out of their bodies.
If that doesn’t work out, his fearlessness in front of the camera might come in handy.
“Broadcasting, I would love to do that, too,” Allen said. “I would love to be in that booth, man. I think I’d tear that thing up, man. Me and Chris Berman doing the home-run derby. That’s what we’ll do.”