As running back Diocemy Saint Juste closes in on his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, former UH head coach Dick Tomey reflects on the last Warrior to have twice rushed for 1,000 yard in his UH career.
“Gary Allen was a receiver,” Tomey said. “Right in the middle of practice one day, all our running backs went down. I knew Gary, when we recruited him, he thought he might be a running back. He didn’t know. I said, ‘Gary, jump in here, take a couple of snaps,’ because we were toward the end of practice. He just made four or five runs. Nobody could tackle him. We started him in the game the next week, and nobody could tackle him.”
Tomey added: “Gary did a great job the rest of his career. He was 170 (pounds) max. But he was magic. He was magic with the ball.”