Many have wondered in recent years just how Allen High in Texas could manage to be such a dominant program, year-in, year-out. Well, now we know what the suburban Dallas school has in its back pocket: a whole lot of student athletes. A frightening amount, in fact.
As noted by the Dallas Morning News, Allen had an astounding 500-odd players show up for the program’s preseason practice on Monday’s opening day. According to Allen head coach Tom Westerberg, some 225 of the students competing for a football slot are freshmen, showcasing the potential for further growth in the years ahead.
It’s understandable that Allen would feature a big squad — it is the largest school in the state after all, with 5,987 students. Still, 500 student athletes for a single program is an absolutely incredible total. In fact, it’s such a large group of student athletes that Allen has to implement an equally proactive student trainer program. The Eagles football program have 15 student athletic trainers assigned to the football program, part of an innovative sports medicine program that has 84 students taking on the trade, then practicing it on the fields every afternoon.
In fact, when you consider the depth of each of Allen’s programs — varsity, junior varsity or freshmen — the Eagles line up as favorites in just about every matchup. Now we’ll get to learn whether they can follow through with a third-straight run to a state title.