Running Back Mark Allen Transfers to Duquesne

By Matthew Filipovits on May 1, 2019 at 9:15 am
Apr 22, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Mark Allen (8) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team won 26-0. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Penn State running back Mark Allen has a new home. The Maryland native announced on Twitter that he will be transferring to Duquesne to finish out his collegiate career with the Dukes.

Honored at Senior Day this past season, Allen will have to be approved for sixth-year of eligibility to play for the Dukes. After missing the final ten games of this season with an injury, he is expected to be granted a medical redshirt and be eligible immediately. 

Allen was the No. 2 back on the depth chart prior to his injury, logging 99 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, most of them coming in the Kent State blowout. Appropriately enough, his final carry for the Nittany Lions was a seven yard touchdown run against the Golden Flashes. He suffered his season ending injury the following week leading up to the Illinois game.

He finished his Penn State career with 350 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and two more touchdowns in the receiving game. 

A three-star recruit back in 2014, Allen was the last player on the Nittany Lions roster to commit to Penn State under Bill O'Brien, pledging all the way back in 2012. At just 5'6, Allen was one of the smallest players on the Nittany Lions' roster but was never lacking in personality.

Allen earned his degree in criminology back in 2017 and is working towards his Master's Degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. He becomes the second Nittany Lion to grad transfer to Duquesne this offseason, following offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins.