‘You knew good issues had been likely to happen’ Vigen reflects on Josh Allen’s rise with the Bills

FARGO – In his business in Laramie, Wyoming there’s a substantial framed Josh Allen jersey that hangs on the wall.

Wyoming assistant head mentor Brent Vigen can rightfully declare he was there from the get started to see Allen’s probable. The previous Cowboy quarterback, who was picked seventh overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Expenses, now stands a earn absent from heading to the Tremendous Bowl. Vigen, who played and coached at North Dakota Condition, recruited Allen from Reedley Higher education in California to Wyoming. Allen went on to have a standout occupation for the Cowboys, which finished with him throwing 44 touchdowns in his two decades as the starting quarterback.

“The Payments did not even arrive to his Professional Day.” Vigen mentioned on Dom Izzo’s Scorching Mic exhibit that airs on WDAY Xtra. “They arrived out to Laramie the weekend prior to, the proprietor, typical manager and coach. They sort of did their do the job less than the include of night. They experienced to trade up, they needed to hold their intentions concealed.”

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Vigen recalls the 2018 draft and the stress and anxiety of that night time. “The Broncos were being selecting fifth. They’re suitable down the street and experienced a full contingent of fellas occur up in excess of time to check out Josh out. That was a location Josh wanted to go, close to home in California on the west coastline. They failed to decide on him and you assumed this could go on for a although.”

The Expenses did stop up drafting Allen with the seventh in general select and was thrust into the setting up lineup in the next game of the time and completed the year with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Allen had a good sophomore season throwing 20 touchdowns to nine interceptions as Buffalo achieved the playoffs, dropping in the wild card round to Houston.

This offseason, the Expenditures built a splash trading for previous Vikings large receiver Stefon Diggs. Vigen mentioned there was one thing different about Allen when they frequented all through the summer season.

“I talked to him in late July, you observed a diverse maturity. He understood terrific issues were being likely to materialize. He was going about his small business, that was the greatest factor.”

Allen now could be the next Vigen quarterback pupil to access the Tremendous Bowl in the previous 4 yrs. Carson Wentz, who Vigen recruited out of substantial school to North Dakota Condition, reached the closing video game with the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis in 2018.