Michigan State fifth-year senior linebacker Denicos Allen, who set season highs for tackles for loss (3 for 20 yards) and sacks (18) in MSU’s 29-6 victory over No. 23 Michigan, has been named Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN. Allen, who also earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors, matched his season high with nine tackles against the Wolverines.
The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Allen becomes the second Spartan player to earn Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week honors, joining sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, who scored two touchdowns (4-yard fumble return and 56-yard interception return) and recorded two tackles for loss in MSU’s 21-6 win over South Florida on Sept. 7.
Michigan State limited the Wolverines to minus-48 yards rushing – the lowest single-game rushing total in U-M history. It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by MSU under head coach Mark Dantonio and tied for the third-fewest allowed in school history (school-record minus-63 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1960; minus-60 rushing yards by Pittsburgh in 1981; minus-48 rushing yards by Northwestern in 1983). It also marked the fewest rushing yards allowed by an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. The Spartans recorded season highs in tackles for loss (11 for 65 yards) and sacks (7 for 49). MSU recorded tackles for loss on the last three plays of the third quarter, including 1.5 sacks by Allen.