BC Lions ink Amos Allen to CFL contract The BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL) have announced that they have signed another former running back from The University of South Dakota. Amos Allen, who in his one season at USD set the single season rushing record, signed a contract with the Lions. He joins Stefan Logan, who inked a deal on April 17, as former Coyotes who will be competing for carries in the BC backfield. â�?�?Itâ�?�?s exciting to see another Coyote back reach the next level,â�? said USD head coach Ed Meierkort. â�?�?His season will go down as one of the greatest in USD history. Itâ�?�?s an impressive list of backs that have gone on to play in the CFL; Jamel White, Stefan Logan and now Amos. I have no doubt that he (Allen) will do very well in the CFL.â�? In his only season at USD, Allen (Miami, FL) left a lasting impression on the program. In the teamâ�?�?s season finale against North Dakota, he set the Coyote single game record by rushing for 306 yards on 32 carries while also scoring two touchdowns. He broke the record which was set by Stefan Logan who ran for 295 yards against Truman State in 2005. The performance marked the fourth time in 2007 that Allen ran for 200 or more yards in a game. The 306 yards rushing also helped Allen break USDâ�?�?s single season rushing record. He finished the season with 1,961 rushing yards, surpassing Jamel Whiteâ�?�?s 1999 total of 1,796 yards. In addition to the records that were broke, the performance also gave Allen the regular season rushing title in NCAA Division II. He edged out Shepherdâ�?�?s Dervon Wallace by nine yards for the title. His 178.3 rushing yards per game was also tops in the nation. Allen finished 2007 with 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, 2 receiving), 102 points and 2,137 all purpose yards, all of which rank high in USD single season history. His 17 total touchdowns are tied for third, his 15 rushing touchdowns are third and his 2,137 all purpose yards are the fourth most in single season history. Following the season Allen named Daktronics, Inc., All-America honorable mention, Daktronics, Inc. All-Northwest Region first team, All-NCC first team and was named the USD Henry Heider Most Valuable Player. The BC Lions will open the CFL season on Thursday, June 26 at Calgary. The University of South Dakota will begin its first year of transition to NCAA Division I in 2008. They will be members of the Great West Football Conference in 2008 and will be eligible for the conference championship.
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