PUEBLO, Colo. - CSU-Pueblo junior defensive end Darius Allen (Jr., Pueblo, Colo.) has received National Defensive Player of the Year honors by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, making him the first national defensive player of the year in the history of the football program.
Allen, who was previously awarded the prestigious Gene Upshaw Award, given to the top offensive or defensive lineman in NCAA Division II, has been named a first-team All-American by every organization recognizing an NCAA Division II All-American team. His recognition as Defensive Player of the Year, though, is his first such national player of the year honor and first enjoy by a ThunderWolf in history of the program.
In receiving the Player of the Year honors, Allen headlines a selection of four ThunderWolves to the Don Hansen All-American squad. Allen was the lone first-teamer, joined by the Pack's first All-American fullback since 1980 in Coleman McArthur (Sr., Buckeye, Ariz.), who took in second-team honors. McArthur were joined by two honorable mention selections, quarterback Chris Bonner (Jr., San Diego, Calif.) and tight end Roger Pfannenschmid (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.). Bonner marks the second Pack quarterback in as many seasons to earn All-American honors (Ross Dausin) and Pfannenschmid is the first ThunderWolf tight end to be named All-American since Koby Wittek in 2011.