The road to success has been a long and eventful one for Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen.
Originally a Red Raider, Allen was kicked off the team ahead of his junior season for his role in a residential home invasion that involved guns theft, and thus, spent the 2016 campaign at East Mississippi C.C. which was famously featured on the Netflix documentary, “Last Chance U.”
Of course, Allen made the most of his last chance and found himself right back in Lubbock, closing his collegiate career out as a Red Raider, as detailed by a Texas Tech football feature on the senior star.
“The way he approaches the game day in and day out, the energy he brings, the focus, the appreciation for what he has now coming from where he was, he’s been huge for that defense,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Allen.
“Texas Tech football is everything to me,” Allen added. “When I wake up every day, I think Texas tech football.”
He returned to Lubbock, was named a team captain by his peers and has become one of the nation’s best linebackers.
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) December 16, 2017
With just one game left in his collegiate career — the Birmingham Bowl against South Florida — Allen’s senior season was spent leading the Red Raiders in tackles with 92, while also racking up 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.
As a result, Texas Tech is 6-6 and headed back to a bowl game after missing the postseason in 2016.
Allen will lead the Red Raiders against South Florida at 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 23. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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