Defense isn’t what immediately comes to mind when discussing Texas Tech football, but that’s not stopping Red Raiders linebacker Dakota Allen from shining bright this season.
Allen was named to the Pro Football Focus All-American watchlist on defense Thursday. He was the only Big 12 defensive player named to the list.
After 6 weeks of football, our All-American Watch on defense sports some big names – and includes some elite CBs so far this year. pic.twitter.com/9NN17M9zCn
— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 12, 2017
Allen, a junior from Humble, Texas, has recorded at least 4 tackles in every game played this season — including a season-high 12 total tackles against Houston on Sept. 23.
Allen recorded his second interception of the season one week ago against Kansas. He is one of six different Red Raiders to record an interception this season.
Texas Tech has found its groove again in the turnover department after successive seasons of hardly being able to make much noise on defense. The Red Raiders have forced 14 turnovers through five games — the seventh most in the nation and the most for the Red Raiders in five games since 2005.
Texas Tech also ranks fifth nationally with a turnover margin of 1.80 per game.
Plenty of football is left on Texas Tech’s schedule, including games against top-15 teams in the form of TCU and Oklahoma. If Allen keeps his numbers up, however, he could cap off one of the best seasons for a Red Raider on defense in recent memory.
Texas Tech returns to action against West Virginia on the road on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W. Va.
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