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2013 ALL-AMERICAN (SECOND TEAM, SI.COM; THIRD TEAM, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
CAREER NOTES: Four-year letterwinner was a three-year starter at Sam linebacker . . . finished his career with 278 tackles, including 46 for losses (198 yards), in 54 career games . . . closed his career starting 40 consecutive games . . . finished his career ranked third in MSU history in tackles for loss (46) and sixth in sacks (19.5) . . . the 198 yards from his tackles for losses rank fifth most in school history . . . was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (2013: second team, coaches and media; 2012: honorable mention, coaches and media; 2011: second team, media).
2013 SEASON (SENIOR): Named All-American by SI.com (second team) and Associated Press (third team) . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media . . . also garnered All-Big Ten accolades from ESPN.com (second team) and Athlon Sports (second team) . . . led team in tackles (98) and tackles for loss (16.5) . . . his 98 tackles represented a career high . . . also led the team in production points (335) . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in tackles for loss (fifth with 16.5; 1.18 per game), sacks (15th with 5.5; 0.39 per game) and tackles (tied for 15th with 98; .7.0 per game) . . . his 16.5 TFLs were seventh most in an MSU single-season and also tied for 24th most in the FBS in 2013 . . . also had 15 QB hits, 10 quarterback hurries and a pass break-up . . . ranked No. 17 in the ESPN.com Big Ten postseason player rankings . . . named to the SI.com All-Bowl Team, NFL.com All-Bowl Team, and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after collecting seven tackles (six solos), including 1.5 for losses (3 yards), in the Rose Bowl Game win over No. 5 Stanford . . . recorded eight tackles in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 2 Ohio State . . . on fourth-and-2 from the MSU 39 midway through the fourth quarter and MSU leading 27-24, stopped Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller short of the first down for a 1-yard gain; MSU scored a touchdown on the ensuing series to seal the 34-24 victory and the Big Ten Championship . . . tied his career high with 13 tackles, including two for losses (7 yards) and a half sack (4 yards), and had three QB hurries on Senior Day in the win over Minnesota . . . totaled nine stops, including 1.5 for losses (2 yards), and led the linebackers with 26 production points at Northwestern . . . tallied five tackles, including a half tackle for loss, in win at Nebraska . . . named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, CBSSports.com National Co-Defensive Player of the Week, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after recording a team-best nine tackles, including three for losses (20 yards) with two sacks (18 yards), in the win over No. 23 Michigan; compiled 31 production points against the Wolverines . . . tallied 2.5 tackles for loss (9 yards), including an 8-yard sack, and had five stops overall at Illinois while compiling 21 production points . . . scored his first career touchdown in the win over Purdue, returning a fumble 45 yards for a TD in the second quarter; also collected eight tackles against the Boilermakers; recorded a career-high 39 production points vs. Purdue . . . led team with eight tackles and two tackles for loss (5 yards) in win over Indiana . . . racked up nine tackles at No. 22 Notre Dame . . . posted two tackles, including a 1-yard tackle for loss, against Youngstown State . . . recorded eight stops, including a 2-yard sack, and also had two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up vs. South Florida in compiling 35 production points . . . tallied five tackles, including a 6-yard sack, in the season opener vs. Western Michigan; totaled 35 production points against the Broncos and totaled three quarterback hits vs. WMU.
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Recorded 19 tackles in four bowl games . . . named to the SI.com All-Bowl Team, NFL.com All-Bowl Team, and ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team after collecting seven tackles, including 1.5 for losses, in the 2014 Rose Bowl Game win over No. 5 Stanford . . . had three tackles, including a 9-yard sack, in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU . . . tallied five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards) and a 5-yard sack, in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . collected four tackles in the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. No. 15 Alabama.
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) started every game at Sam linebacker . . . ranked third on the team in tackles (79) . . . ranked third on the team and 16th in the Big Ten with 10.0 tackles for loss (51 yards) . . . ranked tied for 11th in the Big Ten in conference games with 7.5 tackles for loss . . . produced three sacks (37 yards) . . . had three tackles, including a 9-yard sack, in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl vs. TCU . . . collected six tackles, including a 19-yard sack, vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . produced eight tackles (all solos), including a 4-yard loss, in the overtime win at Wisconsin . . . posted 11 stops, including a season-high 3.0 for losses, and broke up a pass at No. 23 Michigan . . . recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (1 yard), and had his first career interception vs. Iowa . . . collected six stops, including a 1-yard loss, and had a pass break-up at Indiana . . . tallied six tackles against No. 14 Ohio State . . . good all-around game against Eastern Michigan, collecting six tackles, including a 9-yard sack, while also being credited with a forced fumble and a pass break-up . . . compiled six tackles, including a half tackle for loss, vs. No. 10 Notre Dame . . . tallied three tackles and recovered a fumble against No. 24 Boise State.
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Made an immediate impact in his first year as the starter at Sam linebacker . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the media; honorable mention selection by the coaches . . . named to Yahoo! Sports All-Big Ten second team . . . selected to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . recipient of the Tommy Love Award on defense (team's most improved player) . . . led the team in tackles for loss (18.5 for 86 yards), sacks (11 for 69) and production points (307) . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and 12th in the FBS with 11 sacks; that total also ranks sixth most in an MSU single season . . . his 18.5 tackles for loss ranked fourth in the Big Ten and tied for second most in an MSU single season . . . ranked second on the team with 83 tackles . . . ranked seventh in the Big Ten with 41 "impact" tackles (stops that limit opponents to gains of 2 yards or less, including sacks) during the regular season . . . recorded 20-plus production points in 11 of 14 games . . . tallied five tackles, including 1.5 for losses (6 yards) and a 5-yard sack, in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl . . . named National Linebacker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards after recording a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss (16 yards) and 3.0 sacks (15 yards) in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin; it was the highest sack total by a Spartan since Trevor Anderson recorded three against Michigan in 2008, and the most tackles for loss in a game by a Spartan since Kevin Vickerson vs. Notre Dame in 2004; also tied a career high with nine tackles against the Badgers . . . totaled a career-best 35 production points in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game . . . compiled five tackles, including 2.0 for losses (9 yards) and a 7-yard sack, to go along with two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up in win at Northwestern . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after matching his career high with nine tackles in win over Indiana . . . tied a season high with nine tackles and had a pass break-up in victory at Iowa . . . had three tackles and two quarterback hurries against Minnesota . . . produced six stops at No. 13 Nebraska . . . compiled five tackles, including 1.5 sacks (11 yards), in victory over No. 4 Wisconsin . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after recording 29 production points and seven tackles, including 2.0 for losses (12 yards) and 1.5 sacks (11 yards), in MSU's fourth-straight win over Michigan . . . collected 2.0 sacks (16 yards) and 2.5 tackles for loss (17 yards) in win at Ohio State; recorded four tackles overall against the Buckeyes . . . recorded five tackles, two quarterback hurries and his first career sack (4 yards) vs. Central Michigan . . . tallied seven tackles, including a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss (7 yards), at Notre Dame . . . made his first career start at Sam linebacker vs. Florida Atlantic . . . recorded a season-high nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (4 yards) in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State.
2010 NOTES (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Appeared in all 13 games in 2010, primarily on special teams, to earn his first letter . . . also saw action at Star linebacker, behind Chris Norman and Jon Misch . . . recorded 18 tackles (12 solo, 6 assists) . . . produced four solo tackles vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl . . . earned Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors after making one of the key plays in the comeback win vs. Purdue, blocking a punt late in the fourth quarter at the Boilermaker 13-yard line that MSU recovered at the 3 and converted into the game-winning touchdown . . . had two solo hits at No. 18 Iowa, including one for a 3-yard loss . . . tallied three tackles vs. Notre Dame . . . compiled a season-high five stops vs. Florida Atlantic at Ford Field . . . made a tackle and recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown in his Spartan debut vs. Western Michigan . . . made the switch from safety to outside linebacker during spring practice.
2009 SEASON: Redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team . . . rated among the Midwest's top seniors by SuperPrep (No. 80) . . . ranked among the nation's top linebackers by Rivals.com (No. 39) . . . listed among the state's top prospects by Ohio High Magazine (No. 13) and Rivals.com (No. 35) . . . selected to play in the 2009 Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 Football Classic . . . first-team All-Ohio (Division I) selection by the Associated Press . . . selected Ohio Defensive Player of the Year by TriStateFootball.com . . . earned AP All-Southwest District first-team honors . . . voted Southwest District (Division I) Co-Defensive Player of the Year . . . also named Butler County and Greater Miami Conference Defensive Player of the Year . . . three-year starter at linebacker for Coach Jim Place at Hamilton (Ohio) High School . . . 2008 team MVP recorded 158 tackles (111 solos, 47 assists) . . . produced 26 tackles for loss as a senior, including 12 sacks . . . also credited with two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two blocked punts . . . posted 21 tackles each vs. Lakota East and Middletown . . . also recorded six tackles for loss vs. Middletown, including three sacks . . . earned first-team All-GMC honors as a junior after registering 147 stops (115 solos, 32 assists) . . . tallied 11 tackles for loss in 2007, including three sacks . . . made 415 career tackles (301 solos, 114 assists), with 47 resulting in losses including 19 sacks . . . had four career interceptions, returning two for touchdowns . . . returned 15 kickoffs for 395 career yards (26.3 avg.) and one score . . . three-year letterman in wrestling, winning two district titles . . . four-year letterman in track, helping the Big Blue's 4x400 relay place in the state finals . . . son of Eric Fleetwood and Sharelle Allen . . . born Aug. 9, 1990 . . . majoring in sociology.
ALLEN'S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 13, twice (last vs. Minnesota, 11/30/13)
Tackles for loss: 4.0, vs. Wisconsin (12/3/11)
Sacks: 3.0, vs. Wisconsin (12/3/11)
Interceptions: 1, vs. Iowa (10/13/12)
Pass Break-ups: 1, seven times (last vs. South Florida, 9/7/13)