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Allen packs a punch, despite size

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They say good things come in small packages and for Antioch, Calif., athlete Chris Allen he hopes to make a big impression as a senior, despite his 5-foot-7, 154-pound frame.
"I'm kind of like a smaller version of Barry Sanders," Allen said.
"I will try to hit you, but I would rather go around you and make the big play that way. I rushed for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, and I had around 300 or 400 yards receiving. I want to better those marks and help my team win.
"My stats matter, but I think wins matter more."
They do, and there is no question that Allen is a winner.
Recently at the Nevada summer camp, Allen impressed a lot of the coaches there, especially Jim Mastro, and he feels he's close to walking away with an offer from the Wolfpack.
"It was a real good environment up there," he said. "I received the all-camp running back and offensive most valuable player award. They're in the process of offering me, coach Mastro said. I was invited back for the senior day on August 6. I think I could produce well there."
Allen is also getting attention from San Diego State, Washington and Fresno State. He was timed at 4.68-seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Palo Alto NIKE Training Camp.
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