Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Nicholas Tolomeo profiles North Allegheny graduate Gary Allen, who is a standout linebacker at Slippery Rock. Click here to read his story.
"When Gary Allen arrived on the Slippery Rock University football team in 2010, he knew playing time would be minimal early on.
Allen, a middle linebacker, played the same position as Zach Sheridan, a future preseason All-American and team captain.
Allen, a North Allegheny High School graduate, did not see the presence of Sheridan as a roadblock in his ability to get playing time, but rather as a benefit.
"Coming in as a freshman, I knew we had Zach Sheridan in front of me," Allen said. "He was one of the best to come through there. I had to wait my turn to play. I think following in his footsteps and seeing what he brought to the field and to the game helped me.""