Marcus Allen is coming back to Penn State.
The Nittany Lions defensive back announced Sunday that he will be back in Happy Valley for his senior season. The NFL can wait until 2018.
“I must admit this was a tough one,” Allen wrote in a note shared on Twitter. “The feedback I received from the NFL was largely positive and very persuasive regarding the decision to leave early for the NFL and I couldn’t ignore that. I also had a very honest and heartfelt meeting with Coach Franklin which was equally as persuasive as it relates to Penn State’s commitment to myself and my best interests across the board.
“After a series of long conversations with my family, as well as those I trust, and long nights on my knees in prayer, I’ve decided to return to Happy Valley and Penn State Nation for my senior season. The NFL will be there next year and I trust that God will prepare and deliver me wiser, stronger, and healthy to meet that challenge.”
Penn State DB Marcus Allen:
Dear Nittany Nation… pic.twitter.com/jg4epYrsHv
— Marcus Allen (@Chico__Hendrix) January 8, 2017
Allen led the Nittany Lions with 110 total tackles, including 6 for loss. But Allen cemented his high place (OK, legacy?) with Nittany Lions fans when he blocked Ohio State’ K Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal attempt on Oct. 22. Teammate Grant Haley picked up the block and returned it for what ended up being the game-winning TD in Penn State’s 24-21 upset win against then-No. 2 Ohio State.
The win helped Penn State win the Big Ten East title and eventually the conference championship. The Nittany Lions finished 11-3 this past season and now get Allen back for his senior year.
Marcus Allen blocks Ohio State’s FG:
— Nate Bauer (@NateBauerBWI) October 23, 2016
But TE Mike Gesicki joined Allen in passing up the NFL to return to Penn State for the 2017 season.