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30  Moncell Allen
Moncell Allen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
New Orleans, La.

High School:
Providence Day

Last College:
Fork Union Military Academy

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 232

Position:
Tailback

Experience:
3L


Expected to see the bulk of his action at fullback this season after playing both running back positions during the first three seasons of his career ... Runs hard and is a good blocker ... Also excels on special teams ... Has played in 38 games ... His family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 ... He went from New Orleans to Charlotte, N.C., for his final year of high school, then spent a year in prep school before arriving at UK.

2009 (Junior):
Played in all 13 games ... Rushed 47 times for 228 yards and two touchdowns ... Gained a career-high 62 yards and a TD against Eastern Kentucky ... Also had eight tackles in kick coverage ... His biggest play of the season came on the opening kickoff of the second half at Georgia, when he knocked loose a fumble that was recovered by UK and began the Wildcats' comeback victory.

2008 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games ... Rushed for 202 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per attempt ... Carried seven times for a career-high 71 yards against Norfolk State, including his first collegiate touchdown on a three-yard run ... Led the team with 46 yards in the win over Arkansas ... Caught his first collegiate touchdown pass in the win over Western Kentucky.

2007 (Freshman): Played in all 13 games, seeing action at fullback, tailback, and on special teams ... Had 11 carries for 39 yards ... Best game featured six rushes for 30 yards against Mississippi State ... Sustained a broken thumb in preseason practice and played several weeks in a cast ... Contributed two tackles in kick coverage.

Prep School: The nation's No. 36 prep-school prospect by Rivals.com ... Played the fall of 2006 at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy ... Rushed 31 times for 270 yards and two touchdowns, averaging almost nine yards per carry ... Coached at Fork Union by John Shuman ... "Moncell is a Maurice Drew-type of back," Shuman said. "He is compact, powerful, hard to tackle, and explosive at the point of contact. He has the power to run over the first guy and the moves to make the next guy miss. He's going to be a great addition to Kentucky." ... Originally signed with Kentucky in Feb. 2006 before enrolling in prep school.

High School: One of the nation's top 50 running backs during his senior year in high school, according to Rivals.com ... All-South Region pick by PrepStar ... Three-year starter at Holy Cross HS in New Orleans, La., before Hurricane Katrina forced a relocation of his family ... Spent his senior year at Providence Day School in Charlotte, N. C. ... Joined the team midway through the season and helped spark the squad to a trip to the state finals in Class AAA ... Rushed for 667 yards and nine touchdowns ... Also caught six passes for 79 yards ... Played noseguard on defense, making 36 tackles ... Totaled 10 tackles for loss, including three quarterback sacks ... Coached at Providence by Keith Flynn ... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, sophomore, and junior at Holy Cross ... His three-year totals at Holy Cross were 524 carries for 3,362 yards and 51 touchdowns ... Also caught 49 passes in those three seasons for 650 yards and five touchdowns ... Received All-Metro New Orleans honors all three years ... All-district as a sophomore and junior and honorable-mention all-state as a junior ... Was rated one of the top-25 players in Louisiana going into his senior year ... Coached at Holy Cross by Barry Wilson ... "Moncell and his family were taken in by our whole community," Flynn said. "As a running back, Moncell reminded me of Natrone Means. He has the wiggle and shake to make you miss and he also ran over some guys. On his first day of practice here, four of our players got hurt, so we had to have him ease up in practice. We nicknamed him the `Louisiana Locomotive.'" ... Rejoined former Holy Cross teammate Dicky Lyons at UK ... An early commitment to Kentucky, he did not consider other schools.

Personal: Born in New Orleans, La. ... Son of Warren Allen III and Linda Allen ... Name is pronounced "mon-CELL" ... Major is art studio.

Community Cats: Participated in the Relay for Life (2010).

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium