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Senior LB Denicos Allen embodies toughness, violence of Michigan State's top-ranked defense

Michigan State's top-ranked defense has built its reputation on certain characteristics this season.Speed. Toughness. Physicality. Violence.Senior linebacker Denicos Allen embodies all those traits and more."You see a relentlessness with this group of guys," linebackers coach Mike Tressel said. "We've been a good defense in the past, but you haven't seen anything like this in terms of the look in their eyes and the relentlessness and exactly the characteristics we talk about when we're talking about Denicos."It's the nearly unsettling violence that sticks out most, something that was certainly on display during a 29-6 win over rival Michigan on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner was unable to finish the game after being sacked seven times, and Michigan totaled minus-48 yards rushing.In the center of it all, Allen had a team-high nine tackles — three for loss — and two sacks.The performance garnered national attention for the Spartans' defense, while the w...

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