Darius Allen – 2014 Cliff Harris Award Winner

Darius Allen – 6’3 240 – Defensive End, Sr. (Colorado State-Pueblo / Division II)

darius-allenAllen led Colorado State-Pueblo to a 14-1 record and its first Division II national championship in program history this season with a four playoff game stretch that included 29 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. In the national championship game vs #1 Minnesota State University-Mankato, Allen and his Thunderwolves’ defense shut out the Mavericks for a 13-0 win. The Mavericks offense came into the game averaging 42.9 points per game.

After leading the nation in sacks as a junior with a school record 15.5 and also setting a school record with 26.5 tackles for losses, Allen had a heralded senior campaign. He was a unanimous All American selection in 2014 including his second consecutive year on the American Football Coaches Association All-America Team. He was named the 2014 Gene Upshaw Award winner which goes to the top lineman from Division II. He also captured the award in 2013. Other post season honors include: Associated Press Little All-America Team, Daktronics Ron Lenz National Player of the Year, Daktronics First-Team All America, Beyond Sports Network All-America First Team,Daktronics All-Super Region Four Defensive Player of the Year, National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter Defensive Player of the Year, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Often facing double and triple team blocking, Allen finished the regular season with nine sacks to second in the RMAC. He also totaled 43 tackles (22 solo),14 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, recovered two fumbles and added a pass break-up. He totaled five or more tackles six times in 2014. Allen recorded 3.5 sacks at Sam Houston State University and three sacks at Colorado School of Mines. His 1.0 sacks per game is 12th in NCAA Division II, his five forced fumbles ties for second nationally while his three fumbles recovered also ranks second nationally. He guided the ThunderWolves defense to a #1 finish nationally in scoring defense (12.8 ppg) and #4 national ranking in team sacks (3.8 spg).