February 21, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison hopes to build on all-star game momentum at scouting combine
Tall and fast, imposing Illinois wide receiver Geronimo Allison spun around and leapt over cornerbacks at the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl all-star games. Now, Allison is looking to build on that momentum this week at the NFL scouting combine. "Scouts were congratulating me on my work ethic and skills," Allison said in a telephone interview. "It was fun. I feel like I've answered a lot of questions about my consistency and how I caught passes. "It was good they had an opportunity to see me in person and see my practice habits. I put the technique into practice and implemented it in the games. I think I did a good job." An honorable-mention All-Big Ten Conference selection last season when he caught 65 passes for 882 yards and three touchdowns, Allison caught 106 passes for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Illinois. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound former junior college transfer from Iowa Western battled academic problems in high school that cost him his eligibility as a junior and a sophomore. He averaged 14.6 yards per reception last season. "I'm really excited about the scouting combine," Allison said. "It's a dream come true. It's been blessing after blessing to have these opportunities." Allison met with several NFL teams at the East-West Shrine game, including the Texans. "I had a good meeting with the Texans," said Allison, who's represented by former Northwestern defensive back Chris Martin. "I talked to the majority of the teams. It was good to put a face with the name." Martin hopes to run the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds at the NFL scouting combine and bench press 225 pounds 10 to 12 times. "I've been getting ready and practicing with our trainers," Allison said. "I'm not worried about these tests approaching soon. I'm a football player. I love the game. I know how to study the game and feel like some people are more test guys than action on the field. I just try to stay level-headed about everything and know what I'm good at. "I feel like they'll get an athlete who has a love for the game. I always try my hardest to never disrespect myself or disrespect the game. I'm a humble athlete. They don't have to worry about a lot of nonsense with me." Allison describes himself as a student of the game whose favorite routes involve double-moves. "Throughout the season, I had a routine of watching film and coverage and technique and try to pick up on coverages," Allison said. "I based my routes off their alignment and attacked their leverage to give myself a better chance." Allison majored in communications. When he's done playing football, he'd like to get into coaching. "I have a passion for helping young athletes and athletes who are close to me and helping them with things I picked up along the way," Allison said. "I love to compete and help them. I have a passion for coaching. Down the line, I'd like to own my own business for family purposes and run it as a family business." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.