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BILLINGS – Former Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen is headed to New York.
The Buffalo Bills drafted Allen with the 7th overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Penn State running back Saquan Barkley went second to the Giants, followed by USC quarterback Sam Darnold to the Jets and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward to the Browns. Denver used its fifth overall pick on Bradley Chubb, a defensive end from North Carolina State.
In Allen’s two seasons as Wyoming’s starting quarterback, he accounted for 5,833 yards of total offense and was responsible for 57 touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving. He ended his Wyoming career with 5,066 passing yards and 44 TD passes. He also rushed for 767 yards during his college career and scored 12 rushing touchdowns.
However, hours before Thursday’s NFL Draft, Allen was faced with the emergence of a Yahoosports report revealing offensive and racist posts the quarterback made in 2012 and 2013 while still in high school.
On Wednesday night, Allen reportedly acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, saying he “was young and dumb” at the time, according to ESPN.
University of Wyoming head football coach Craig Bohl issued a statement Thursday morning in support of his former quarterback.
“I know Josh has apologized for the Twitter comments he made while in high school,” said Bohl. “As a member of our football team, he had great relationships with his teammates and our fan base. During his time at Wyoming, he embraced diversity. We wish him all the best on his big night.”
Allen, who graduated in December after completing his junior season at Wyoming in 2017, declared for the 2018 NFL Draft immediately after leading the Cowboys to a 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
The Firebaugh, Calif., native led the Cowboys to an 8-5 record in 2017. As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, he guided the Cowboys to an 8-6 record, a spot in the 2016 Mountain West Conference Championship Game and a berth in the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. He also led Wyoming to wins over two Top 25 teams in the 2016 season.
Allen was named to numerous college football award watch lists last season, including the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, Manning Award Watch List, Maxwell Award Watch List and Walter Camp Award Watch List. Allen was invited to and attended the Manning Passing Academy in the summer of 2017.