Dwayne Allen's Luck: right time, right place, right team, right quarterback

Mackey Award-winning Tiger part of Colts' offensive resurgence

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) goes in for an 8-yard touchdown reception while being defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen (83) goes in for an 8-yard touchdown reception while being defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Right place. Right time. Right team. Right quarterback.

A little over a month into his rookie season, Dwayne Allen could hardly hope for more.

Drafted as part of a concerted effort by the Indianapolis Colts to revamp their offense, Allen has established himself as a key figure in support of one of the NFL's hottest rookie quarterbacks, No. 1 pick Andrew Luck

Luck showed his stuff on Sunday by leading the Colts to an upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. Allen figured prominently in the Colts' passing game, with four catches for 38 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown - his second of the season.

Since he arrived at preseason training camp, Allen has worked well with Luck, in tandem with fellow rookie tight end Coby Fleener - Luck's former teammate at Stanford. The Colts used their second and third picks of the draft to select Fleener and Allen, while clearing their roster of other tight ends.

Allen and Fleener have combined for 23 receptions so far this season.

During the Colts' victory over the Packers on Sunday, Allen said Luck's performance exceeded even his high expectations.

"That was my first time seeing a man's will to win being that much greater than the opposing team," Allen told the Milwaukee News-Sentinel. "It was just unbelievable."

Allen was one of several former Tigers who turned in impressive showings on Sunday during NFL games.

Indianapolis teammate Kavell Conner made five tackles, including three solos and one tackle for loss in the Colts' victory.

Jarvis Jenkins recorded four tackles, including one solo, in Washington's 24-17 loss to Atlanta.

C.J. Spiller carried seven times for 24 yards in Buffalo's 45-3 loss to San Francisco.

Marcus Gilchrist made four tackles, all solo, and had one behind the line of scrimmage in San Diego's 31-24 loss to New Orleans.

Chris Clemons had six tackles, including two solos, in Miami's 17-13 win over Cincinnati.

Leroy Hill made two stops in Seattle's 16-12 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

Nick Eason had one tackle in the Arizona Cardinals' loss to the St. Louis Rams.

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