9 Josh Allen
Saw action in 48 (of 50) games during his NIU career and compiled 189 career tackles, 20 tackles for loss and seven pass break-ups.
2008: Appeared in every game and made 12 starts. Ranked fifth on the team with 56 total tackles and his eight tackles for loss tied for third-highest for NIU on the year. Recorded a season-high 12 tackles against Central Michigan, including a season-best five solo stops, and season-high seven assisted tackles. Made six stops and assisted on a tackle for loss in the bowl game versus Louisiana Tech. Had four solo tackles in three road games: at Minnesota, at Eastern Michigan and at Ball State. Totaled eight tackles at Ball State. Assisted on four tackles versus Miami. Credited with a season-high two TFL versus Bowling Green and had one tackle-for-loss each at Western Michigan, at Eastern Michigan, versus Toledo, against Central Michigan and at Kent State. Got his lone sack of the year at Kent State and added pass break ups in the Tennessee, Miami and Bowling Green games. Recovered a fumble at Western Michigan.
2007: Started all 12 games at strong-side linebacker. One of only 10 defensive players to play in all 12 games in 2007. Ranked third on the team and led the linebacking corps with a career and single-season best 89 tackles, 33 of those solo. Had nine tackles for loss, the second-most on the squad, with at least one tackle for loss in six games. Registered two sacks. Collected nine or more tackles on five occasions. Set his career-high with 15 tackles, with eight solo and one for loss, at Toledo (10-27). Made nine tackles, one for loss vs. Southern Illinois (9-8). Tallied 10 stops and forced a fumble vs. Eastern Michigan (9-14). Racked up nine tackles, including two for loss, at Central Michigan (9-29). Recorded eight tackles, one for loss at Wisconsin (10-27). Had nine tackles, with two for loss, vs. Kent State (11-10). Broke up three passes on the season.
2006: Appeared in 11 contests, including bowl game, with one start. Totaled seven tackles as linebacker and on special teams. Had two tackles in start at Ohio State (9-2). Made two stops against Buffalo (9-16). Credited with one tackle at Miami (10-8) and at Western Michigan (10-14). Saw time vs. TCU in Poinsettia Bowl (12-19).
2005: Played in 12 games and made four starts as true freshman. Amassed 37 tackles, including three for loss, and had one pass deflection. Recorded tackle for loss vs. Tennessee Tech (9-17). Totaled four stops, including one for loss, at Akron (9-24). Made first collegiate start against Miami (10-5). Racked up 11 tackles in start vs. Eastern Michigan (10-15). Collected five tackles, one for loss, at Kent State (10-22). Recorded six stops in start vs. Ball State (10-29). Made four tackles at Toledo (11-16). Credited with pass deflection vs. Akron in MAC Championship Game (12-1).
High School: Team captain and MVP, first team North Suburban Conference All-Prairie Division, first team Waukegan News-Sun All-County, and special mention Chicago Sun-Times All-Area as a senior. Produced 1,352 yards of total offense and 15 touchdowns, including 910 rushing yards with 11 TDs. Completed 24-of-79 passes for 442 yards and four scores as quarterback. Totaled 20 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as defensive back on 6-4 league co-champ and Class 6A playoff qualifier during senior season. Entered senior campaign among Chicago Sun-Times Top 100 Area Players and on Chicago Tribune conference Players to Watch list. First team NSC All-Prairie Division and Second-Team Waukegan News-Sun All-County as junior. Totaled 349 rushing yards and four touchdowns with seven receptions for 231 yards and four touchdowns as running back; completed 7-of-12 pass attempts for 158 yards and two TDs as reserve quarterback; returned six kickoffs for 154 yards and one TD; and totaled 39 tackles, nine for loss, with one interception and one fumble recovery on playoff qualifier during junior year. Earned four letters in football and basketball. Three time all-county basketball selection. Team captain, first team NSC All-Prairie Division, and first team Waukegan News-Sun All-County after averaging 20.6 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals during senior year. First team All-NSC and second team all-county after posting 15.8 points and four rebounds per contest as a junior. School's basketball scoring leader and the No. 8 all-time scorer in Lake County history. Recruited by Wisconsin, Wyoming, Kansas State, Iowa State, and Indiana. Personal: Born Feb. 17, 1987 in Lake Forest, Ill. Communications major. Michael Vick fan. Enjoys weight lifting and playing video games in his spare time.
ALLEN'S CAREER STATISTICS
ALLEN'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 15, at Toledo, 10-27-07
TFLs: 2, three times, last vs. Bowling Green, 10-25-08