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Denicos Allen | Linebacker

Team: Michigan State Spartans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/9/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 225

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Panthers signed Michigan State LB Denicos Allen.
Allen (5-foot-10 1/4, 225) spent most of his time at strong-side linebacker for the Spartans as one of the unsung heroes of the nation's No. 1-ranked defense. He finished his career with 46 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks. A safety-linebacker "tweener" who turns 24 before his rookie year, Allen will have to carve out a special teams role in Carolina long before he contributes on defense. He only ran 4.74 at Michigan State's Pro Day, with a 29-inch vertical and 8-foot-9 broad jump. Sun, May 11, 2014 03:21:00 PM

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Michigan State LB Denicos Allen ran the forty in 4.75 and 4.78 seconds Tuesday at Michigan State's pro day.

Thirty-one NFL squads were represented at the exhibition and Allen was eager to perform after he was snubbed by the NFL Combine. In addition to his forty times, Allen added a 29-inch vertical jump, a 8-9 broad jump, a short shuttle of 4.51 seconds and a three-cone drill of 7.46 seconds. He also logged 26 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio believes Allen is the most productive defensive/special-teams combo player he's coached over seven seasons with the Spartans. If nothing else, Allen should establish himself in the pros as a special teams ace.
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 06:22:00 PM's Mike Huguenin believes Michigan State LB Denicos Allen's exclusion from the NFL Combine "might be the biggest surprise other than [Wyoming QB] Brett Smith's non-inclusion."

"Allen is just 5-foot-11, but he is a tough playmaker who was a key component of the nation's No. 1 defense (in terms of total yards)," Huguenin wrote. Allen also weighs only 225, which is why his effectiveness wanes when he's in a crowd. However, the Spartans star has blazing closing speed for a linebacker and is a smart player who plays the angles. There should be an NFL roster spot open to Allen in 2014. CBS Sports' No. 188 overall player is projected to go between Rds. 5-7.
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 09:32:00 PM

Michigan State junior LB Denicos Allen underwent successful surgery one his left foot or ankle.

Allen and Max Bullough are the team's defensive leaders, so with the Spartans starting conditioning drills, it is unclear how long Allen will be sidelined for. He is undersized, but Allen is an intriguing prospect.
Sun, Feb 10, 2013 07:35:00 PM

Michigan State LB coach Mike Tressel believes junior Denicos Allen has greatly improved after his slow start to the season.

"I think he was putting a lot of pressure on himself early in the season, to be honest with you," Tressel said. "Now he's just playing ball, trusting his fundamentals." Allen had a breakout year last season, and although undersized, he flies around the field and is constantly around the football.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 11:32:00 AM

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is most confident in his team's defense but still has questions about the Spartans' receivers heading into the 2012 season.

On his defense, Dantonio explained "we have a lot of guys who have adjusted things out... They have adjusted in games. They are able to make rapid decisions." Evaluators will mainly focus on seniors Johnny Adams and Anthony Rashad White, wlong with juniors William Gholston and Denicos Allen. Receiver is a different story, since the Spartans' lost their top two targets to the NFL. Dantonio actually compared the situation to 2008, when that duo was first forced into action because of a lack of veteran depth.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 10:08:00 AM