The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday that the football club has signed international free agent placekicker and punter Kenny Allen.
Allen, 23, signed as an undrafted free agent with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens on May 5, 2017. He attended training camp and played in four preseason games with the Ravens, punting 13 times for 593 yards (45.6 yards per punt) and pinning his opponents inside the 20-yard line on five occasions. Allen was released by Baltimore on September 1.
The 6-3, 223-pound native of Fenton, Michigan, suited up in 32 games over four years at the University of Michigan (2013-16), serving as the team’s primary placekicker in his final two seasons and primary punter in 2016. During his career with the Wolverines, Allen made 37-of-45 field goals (82.2%) and converted all 99 of his single convert attempts, becoming the second-most accurate kicker in school history. He also punted 56 times for 2,448 yards (43.7 yards per punt) with 24 punts inside his opponent’s 20-yard line, had back-to-back 100-point seasons (2015-16), and in 2016, was named an Academic All-Big Ten Honouree and to the All-Big Ten special teams second-team by both coaches and media.
The Tiger-Cats also announced Monday that the following player has been added to the six-game injured list:
INT – P/K – Sergio Castillo
Milo being an experience national kicker would probably come with a higher price tag. Regardless Allen sounds like he can probably get the job done if he can adapt quickly to the idiosyncrasies of our Canadian game. Good luck to him.