Allen Bailey

Born – March 25, 1989, in Darien, Georgia.

Family – Parents are Alfred and Mary Bailey. Allen is the second youngest of seven children. The others are Alfred Jr., LaShundra, Clarissa, Francena, Quneton and Alphonso. Alfred is the first mate on the Katie Underwood passenger ferry that runs between Meridian on the mainland and Hog Hammock, the only settlement on Sapelo. Mom is the chef at the Reynolds Mansion, a former plantation home that is now run as a conference center.


Located about 15 miles away from the nearest port by boat, Sapelo Island is one of the Georgia barrier islands that include well known tourist islands like St. Simon’s, Jekyll and Sea Islands. Approximately 97 percent of Sapelo is owned by the state of Georgia where they maintain the University of Georgia Marine Institute. There is one town, Hog Hammock which has a population anywhere from 50 to 75 people, depending on the time of year.

All of the island’s full-time residents are descendants of slaves from West Africa and the West Indies that worked the cotton, sugar cane and corn fields starting in the early 1800s. Visitors to the island must be a part of an organized tour or guests of residents on the island. The island has a small private airport run by the State of Georgia. Otherwise, the only access is by boat. The passenger ferry runs from the waterfront in Meridian, about 15 miles away. Cost $1 each way.

Island visitors can see every facet of a barrier island’s natural community, from the forested uplands, to the vast salt marsh, and the complex beach and dunes systems. The other two items of note on the map are the Reynolds Mansion and a working lighthouse.

The community of Hog Hammock includes a general store; The Wallow, a small bed and breakfast; The Trough Bar; LuLu’s Kitchen restaurant and a few other small businesses. There are two active churches in the town, including First African Baptist Church at Raccoon Bluff. There are no stoplights on the island. There are no stop signs on the island. There is no cell phone service or cable television on the island.


Height – 6-foot, 3 inches.

  • Weight – 278 pounds.
  • Arms – 34 inches.
  • Hands – 10¼ inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.71 seconds.
  • 20-yard dash – 2.70 seconds.
  • 10-yard dash – 1.67 seconds.
  • Bench press – 27 repetitions at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 36½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 9 inches.

In the summer before his senior year in high school he was listed at 6-3, 252-260 pounds, running the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds, vertical jump at 31 inches. He was bench pressing 370 pounds, did 545 pounds in the squat and 350 pounds in the power clean.

Last summer in workouts before the start of the ’10 Miami season, Bailey was charted at 585 pounds in the squat, 415 pounds in the bench press and 405 pounds in the power clean.


Bailey was a member of the graduating class of 2007 at McIntosh County Academy in Darien, Georgia. It’s part of the McIntosh County School System. Darien is a small town of 2,000 people located on the Georgia coast near the mouth of the Altamaha River. The town sits about 50 miles south of Savannah. It was founded in 1736 by Scottish Highlanders who arrived in January on the boat the Prince of Wales.

To reach MC Academy, Sapelo Island children are picked up by a van, taken to the dock, where they ride the ferry to the mainland and where they are picked up by a school bus. To get home in the afternoon, they reverse the process. Since the last ferry back to Sapelo leaves at 5:30 p.m., and football and basketball practice went late in the afternoon, Bailey would spend weeknights staying with friends and classmates in Darien, going home for the weekends.

He played LB and FB for head coach Robbie Robinson, starting four seasons for the Buccaneers.

Bailey also played four years of basketball with the MC Academy varsity.


2006 – He played in only three games because of a stress fracture of a vertebra in his lower back. He finished the season with 34 total tackles and 1 sack. In the season opener that season, Bailey scored on a 42-yard run while playing fullback. The Buccaneers finished 8-2, losing in the first round of the state playoffs.

2005 – Bailey had 138 tackles, 3 sacks, 12 TFL, 5 forced fumbles and 5 recovered fumbles for the Bucs. As a fullback, he carried the ball 51 times for 323 yards and four TDs and caught 3 passes for 60 yards and a TD. He was named first-team All-Region for the third time. MCA finished 8-2-1 on the season.

2004 – As a sophomore LB, Bailey received his first interest from college football, as the University of Georgia offered him a scholarship. He had 90 total tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks. On offense he was moved from the line to fullback, where he added a 54-yard TD run against Long County. He was named first-team All-Region for the second time. MC Academy finished with a 9-4 record and made the state playoffs.

2003 – Bailey became a starter in his first season at the Academy, and earned first-team All-Region honors for his defensive play. The Buccaneers finished 5-5 on the season.


Five-star recruit who was sought after by every major college program, although he kept his interests only to schools that were not far from home – Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Miami. Bailey first eliminated Georgia, then Alabama. He made his official visit to Miami in mid-January 2007 and committed on February 5 to the Hurricanes.


Bailey was seeking at degree in Communications from the University of Miami.

One of the reasons that Bailey gave for picking the Hurricanes program beyond head coach Randy Shannon and the small campus the school has in Coral Gables, Florida, was the willingness of the coaching staff to allow him to play linebacker. That’s just where he spent his freshman year playing, but it proved to be anything but a permanent move.

2010 – He started all 13 games for the Hurricanes, playing most of the time at DE, but moving inside to DT on third-down situations. He had 7 sacks on the season and 45 total tackles. Against North Carolina, Bailey had 6 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He was voted the team’s Strength Training Athlete of the Year for the second time and was named second-team All-ACC defense. He finished up his career with the Hurricanes in the Sun Bowl, where they lost to Notre Dame to finish the season 7-6.

2009 – Bailey played 13 games and started 10 at DT and DE, finishing with 34 tackles on the season. He spent most of spring football and the pre-season working at DT. Best performances came in back-to-back games against Clemson and Wake Forest with 2 sacks in each game. He was named first-team All-ACC defense and was voted the program’s Strength Training Athlete of the Year. The ‘Canes went 9-4 on the season after losing to Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2008 – A torn pectoral muscle during spring weight lifting set him back as the coaching staff moved him to DE. He missed the opener that season, but played in 12 games with four starts at DE. He finished with 36 tackles and 5 sacks. Against Central Florida he had a pair of sacks in Miami’s victory. Overall, the team finished 7-6 and lost the Emerald Bowl to California.

2007 – Bailey played in all 12 games, two of those on defense, the rest of the time on special teams. He had 4 tackles as the Hurricanes went 5-7 on the season.

































































Strengths – One of the most physically gifted players in college football, Bailey is strong, quick and fast, and it doesn’t matter if he’s carrying 260 pounds or 285 pounds. Good knee-bender who doesn’t give away his advantage in size and power by playing high. He’ll get under a blockers shoulder pads and control him. Pretty basic as a pass rusher, he relies on a bull rush that’s hard for most college blockers to stop. Bailey does a good job against the run, holding his spot at the point of attack thanks to his strong lower body and agility.

Weaknesses – Over his four years at Miami he was moved around on the defense so much he never had a chance to really learn a single position and that hurts him at times. He’s far from a finished product. His long arms give him a chance to keep blockers away from his body, but he doesn’t get them up in the air enough to knock down passes. Doesn’t explode off the snap and as a pass rusher he isn’t one of those OLB/DE that can consistently turn the corner on the outside.

Analysis – He’s a very raw prospect who will need coaching help in pushing his skills on the NFL level. His position movement from LB to DE and DT allowed him to be a many of many skills, master of none. Bailey has the personality and background to show that working on his skills is not something he’s going to fight; it’s just his nature. That attitude makes for what should be a big upside for him.


From an NFC defensive coordinator – “He’s like a lump of the finest clay you could find. If you’ve got some good people working with him, you can mold him into what you want, whether it’s a run stopper or pass rusher. He can do both.”

From a scout for an AFC team – “Great kid, with a terrific personality … made us wonder if he’s tough and mean enough to play inside on an NFL defense where he’s going to get mauled on an every snap basis. We think he’s an end and he’s got good upside.”


McIntosh County Academy coach Robby Robinson – “He is a once-in-a-lifetime player that a high school coach gets the pleasure to coach. He’s just got it inside of him. When he got on our weight program, he really blossomed and swelled. And when he got down there (Miami) and got on their weight program and training table, we knew that was going to happen. He’s still only six to seven percent body fat, as well. We used him as a model when he was here because his work habits were head and shoulders above everybody else,” Robinson said. “He was one of those kids that when we ran sprints or did conditioning, he always had to be first. He didn’t allow anybody to beat him.”

Miami defensive line coach Rick Petri (now at Duke) – “Did he work his tail off? Yes. Was he a great student? Yes. Does he have everything you are looking for as a coach? Yes. He wants to be good. I’m not even talking about the physical attributes that he has — he’s very blessed on that end — I’m talking about the other things, the off-the-field things. He’s a super person and he’s very driven to be good. He’s played all over and is a very unselfish person. He understands the big picture. He’s willing to sacrifice his numbers for the good of the whole defense; that tells you an awful lot about someone as a player and as a person. He’s explosive, he has big play-making ability and he’s everything you’re looking for. I just wish I would have had him longer.”


“I didn’t leave the island much when I was younger. I enjoy the quietness of the island. Just knowing everybody there is nice. It’s not that big, so you can just walk around and be yourself. You can do things over there that you can’t do over here.”


  • May 8, 2011  - Fansince93 says:

    Sounds like the perfect 3-4 Defensive End. I’m predicting that his competitiveness will push Tyson Jackson to the next level and we’ll have solid depth on the line.

    I did see some clips of him on Youtube and didn’t see too explosive, but if he can plug is gap and let the linebackers do their work then we’ll see what happens.

  • May 10, 2011  - ChuckP says:

    He reminds me of Tamba Hali size wise. I hope he plays his heart out and makes the starting squad. We need to find a “young” Tamba or Jared Allen to get some pressure on opposing QB’s. MAYBE HE’S THE MAN!!!!!

  • May 10, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    If Eric Berry is as good as the Chiefs think (and he is), then drafting Houston and Bailey makes total sense. A little more pressure on the QB should leverage Berry’s strengths. The Chiefs have a good secondary and it will get much better if Houston and Bailey contribute as intended.

  • May 12, 2011  - GB says:

    Am I the only one who wants to see this guy as an ILB? I think his strength and run stuffing would be perfect for the position.

  • May 15, 2011  - mark in Ga. says:

    I agree GB send this guy on an inside blitz and your sending a message to the QB, drop back at your own risk, with Powe taking up the blockers this guy could wreak havoc.

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