It’s easy to understand why teammates at West Texas A&M nicknamed receiver Torrence Allen “Silence.”
The soft-spoken Allen is a man of few words. He even uses the nickname as his twitter handle, @ThaSilentOne11.
An undrafted rookie free agent signed by the San Diego Chargers, Allen has an uphill battle to claim a spot on the team’s final roster.
“I’m just working 24-7 to get the plays down,” Allen said, when asked about making the transition to the NFL. “You have to be ready for anything. It’s all about the amount of hours you put into it, learning it and putting it into play.”
When you put up the type of numbers Allen did for the Buffaloes, you can understand why the productive receiver let his play do the talking.
At 6-foot and 183 pounds, Allen finished with 200 receptions, 3,098 yards and 24 touchdowns in his final two seasons at West Texas A&M.
And during his pro day, Allen showed that he is a pretty good athlete as well, running the 40-yard dash in 4.44 seconds, posting a 40-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump. Allen also benched 225 pounds 15 times.
Allen was used as an outside receiver in the spread offense at Texas A&M, so he understands how to run precise routes in order to consistently get open against one-on-one coverage.
“My strength is my speed and my route running,” Allen said. “And my hands, of course.”
Allen is one of 12 receivers listed on San Diego’s 90-man roster, a position where the Chargers need to add playmaking ability.
One way Allen can make his mark is by contributing on special teams. He returned kicks as a freshman and sophomore in college, and says he can also return punts. He played strictly receiver as a junior and senior, but feels like he can contribute for the Chargers on special teams.
Allen said he also looks forward to working and developing a rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers.
“I chose here because they have a great quarterback in Rivers,” Allen said. “The receivers need depth, and I just felt San Diego would be a good fit for me.”