James Allen

James Allen

Player Profile

RS Senior

Portland, OR

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 230




PERSONAL--Born 11/11/79 in Portland, OR...son of James Massey and Genice Allen...he has two sisters, Kamai, 23; and Charisse, 17...James is in the College of Home Economics and Education and is a pre-housing and merchandising major...enjoys basketball, video games and music...Shawn Kemp is his favorite athlete...scoring his first touchdown as a defensive player has been his top athletic thrill as a prep...he selected OSU because, "it is a good school and I want to be part of a team that is on the rise."

OSU—(2001—Senior)—James heads into his senior season as a preseason All-American, as selected by Playboy Magazine…James will also be one of OSU’s tri-captains in 2001…he has posted a total of 448 career defensive points, including 125 tackles (92 solo)…he has 13 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 6 passes broken up and 2 interceptions...he has played in a total of 32 career games with 18 starts, including six straight...because of a preseason hip/low back injury, James did not receive the type of recognition as a junior that he likely would have gotten…James did not participate in spring drills in order to completely recover from his chronic low back injury…he is expected to be completely recovered from his back problems when fall camp starts…James is a very strong defender against the run, plus he is very adept at pass coverage…Dennis Erickson feels that James Allen “is the best linebacker in the Pac-10”…as result of his back problems, James did not participate in all of the weightlifting drills during winter conditioning…he posted a best of 350 pounds in the bench press.

OSU--(2000--Junior)--James started all 12 games for OSU at weak linebacker in 1999 and wound up as the Beavers’ third-leading defensive point producer with 240 points...he has a total of 294 career defensive points...he has played in a total of 23 games...had a solid spring and his stature as a defensive standout continues to grow...he has increased size and strength to go along with his blazing speed for an outside linebacker...he certainly has the opportunity in 2000 to earn postseason honors...his speed allows him the ability to cover in passing situations, which means he is on the field the entire time OSU is playing defense...he has 2 career pass interceptions and 4 career pass break ups...he has 85 career tackles, including 61 solo...in the weight room during winter conditioning, James produced the third best back squat mark on the squad at 490 pounds, the fifth best power clean mark at 302 pounds and the 10th best bench press lift at 350 pounds.

(1999--Sophomore)--After spending the 1998 season as the backup to Bryan Jones at weak linebacker, the position belonged to James when spring drills opened...James continued to improve during spring drills and reported to fall camp as the Beavers’ starting weak linebacker...James played in all 12 games and enjoyed a banner sophomore season...James started the season slow but got more productive with each game...he finished the season with a bang...he was named the Pacific-10 Conference defensive Player of the Week following the California game...against Cal, James produced a career high 58 points, coming on 10 solo tackles, 3 tackles for loss (17 yards), 2 quarterback sacks (15 yards), and a pass break up...the 58 points equals the 15th best single-game defensive production mark in OSU history...James followed the 58-point performance against Cal with 40 points in OSU’s 28-20 victory over Arizona...he had 7 tackles, a quarterback sack and a pass interception...James tied for high point honors in the Civil War game against Oregon with 32 points, with 9 solo tackles, 2 assists and a pass breakup...in the Oahu Bowl against Hawaii, James recorded 12 points on 3 tackles and a tackle for loss...James finished the season as the Beavers’ No. 3 point producer on defense with 242 points, based on 52 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 4 quarterback sacks (34 yards), 6 tackles for loss (37 yards), 3 passes broken up, a caused fumble and a pass interception...James scored in double figures on defensive points in nine of OSU’s 12 games...he had 7 points vs. Nevada and Fresno State and 6 against Washington...James now has 282 career defensive points, with 59 solo tackles, 23 assisted tackles, 4 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 4 passes broken up and 2 interceptions...he recorded 5 tackles for the Black squad in OSU’s final spring game...James was the least experienced of the Beavers’ starting linebackers heading into the 1999 season...in the weight room, James has posted personal bests of 270 pounds in the hang clean; 325 in the bench press; 435 in the back squat and 285 in the incline...produced a vertical jump best of 36.50 inches and was tested for only 4.05 percent body fat.

(1998--Freshman)--The redshirt season was very good for James...he gained 20 pounds and became much stronger in the weight room...as a result, he entered spring drills ready to compete for playing time and compete he did...he was one of the biggest surprises of the spring and he reported to fall camp as the No. 2 weak linebacker, behind Bryan Jones...James’ stock definitely went up during spring drills...displayed great quickness and straight away speed, plus he is a “hitter”...James played in all 11 games as a freshman in 1998 as a backup weak linebacker and on special teams...produced 52 defensive points in 1998, with 9 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, and he broke up one pass and intercepted a pass against Nevada (9/5) in the season opener...his best individual game was against Nevada, producing 24 of his 52 points...had 3 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, intercepted a pass, returning it 15 yards, and broke up one pass...had 5 tackles at Arizona State (9/26) and four tackles vs. Stanford (10/10).

(1997--Redshirt Freshman)--James spent the 1997 season as a redshirt linebacker while playing on the scout team...James had an impressive redshirt season.

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, Portland, OR--(1995-96)--James did not play varsity football for Jefferson until the middle of his junior year and he started from that point on...earned first-team All-PIL honors as a senior outside linebacker...runs the 40 in 4.6...led the Democrats in tackles as a senior with 85 in 9 games, including 11 quarterback sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 pass interceptions...he was a starter on the basketball team and was a two-year track and field letterman, participating in the long and triple jumps, the hurdle races and the sprints...played football for Coach Mark Pinder...selected OSU over Washington State...Coach Pinder said, "James is a very tough kid, very coachable and loves to compete. He is 6-3, 195 right now and I think he will play at around 225 and be a quality outside linebacker and pass rusher."

James Allen's Career Statistics
Year   GP  UT  AT  Total    For Loss/Yds  Sacks  Int
2000    9  31   9   40             7/27    1      0
1999   12  52  12   64             6/37    4      1
1998   11   9  12   21             0/0     0      1
Total  32  92  33  125            13/64    5      2
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