By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Justin Allgood, the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Soul, recently took time to do a Question and Answer session with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his sports career and views.
TCSR: Could you talk about playing at Central Oklahoma?
JA: “It was a lot of fun. It was the first time I was really away from home. It was a little different for me, but I learned a lot and it was a really good school. I really enjoyed it.”
TCSR: Did you have any pressure on yourself playing professional football in the same state as your college days with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz?
JA: “No, it didn’t. I was the back up at the time, so I was in a good position, where the starter was a veteran, and I got to learn from him. If I was the starter, it would probably have added pressure, because of all the friends and family that I made there. It was a real easy transition for me.”
TCSR: Is it disappointing to see one of your former team’s (Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz) no longer around?
JA: “No, because I moved onto the (Tulsa) Talons, and they were our rivals. I kind of formed a hatred for the Yard Dawgz after playing for the Talons. I played for the Talons for four years. It’s something that’s bitter sweet, because you wish they were still around.”
TCSR: Could you talk about setting an af2-record with a 108 touchdowns with the Talons in 2009?
JA: “It was a special moment. I didn’t break any elite records throughout my career – and that was the first one that I did. The guy that was my offensive coordinator was the guy that I learned from in Oklahoma City, so we kind of did it together. It was really special to be able to do that with him.”
TCSR: Do you think setting that record in 2009 helped you break it again in the Arena Football League with a 109 last year?
JA: “Yeah, but I think last year was a little different. We played from behind in a couple of games, so I had to throw a few more touchdowns. But other than that, to just get past the pressure with the 108 (touchdowns), I think it really helped me last year.”
TCSR: What are your thoughts on being a member of the Philadelphia Soul?
JA: “It has been fun. It is definitely a lot different area than I’m used to, but I’ve always wanted to come to the Northeast to travel. It’s kind of one of those deals that it’s almost like a vacation for me. I get to see what everything’s about here. I get a chance to live here for 6 months to figure out what Philadelphia’s all about.”
TCSR: Could you talk about being a mentor to back up quarterback Ryan Vena?
JA: “I don’t know if I could mentor him, because he’s been playing longer than me. But it’s a unique situation for me having a guy that’s played the game behind me. He could actually help me more than a lot of other quarterbacks could, so I think I have a lot to learn from him. Hopefully, we could grow together and help each other, while leading this team to wins.”
TCSR: Could you talk about having a veteran wide receiver core, led by Donovan Morgan and Larry Brackins, and also re-uniting with Morgan, who played with you in Tulsa last year?
JA: “It’s the best that I’ve ever played with as far as the size and talent. They are a very dynamic group of guys. But the biggest thing for me to deal with is their size. I have to throw the ball higher for them. I played with Donovan last year, and he caught 52 of my touchdowns last year, which is phenomenal. He’s a guy that could do it all. He’s very selfless, and a fun person to be around. I have been able to see Larry play throughout the years, and he’s another great wide receiver. I’m interested in getting together with these guys many times throughout the season.”
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