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Penn State Football's Most Interesting Man Paying It Forward To Lamont Wade

by on March 29, 2017 8:30 PM

Marcus Allen might just be the most interesting man on Penn State's roster.

His arms are a library of tattoos and stories to go along with them. He hits hard during the play and talks plenty of smack after it. He also dances -- a lot -- and seemingly whenever it suits his fancy. He happens to be a journalism major too, an unorthodox choice to be sure among athletes.

And a few months ago his career could have taken a turn towards the NFL. A staple in Penn State's secondary for years, Allen can and will improve, but nobody would have batted an eye if he had decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and take his talents to the next level.

But he didn't.

"That decision me and my family made, I know it was the right one," Allen said on Wednesday night after practice. "Playing with my teammates for one last season and getting it done."

For Allen it's hard to imagine a season more special than the one he had in 2016. A blocked field goal against Ohio State will be a moment played on highlight tapes for as long as Penn State has a football program. His stop with Grant Haley on fourth-and-1 against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Title game will be another shown for equally as long.

So what's left? The answer is a bit of paying it forward, in particular to freshman safety Lamont Wade, the crown jewel of Penn State's freshman class. As Allen looks back at his own career, he's hoping to help guide Wade though the ups and downs of the early stages much like former Nittany Lions Jordan Lucas, Adrian Amos, Trevor Williams and many others did for Allen.

What's the difference between Allen now and then and what might be the difference between Wade now and a few years down the road? Well that requires a little third person introspection.

"Marcus Allen knows what he's doing," Allen said of himself with a smile. "He's not just playing off of his pure athleticism but this Marcus Allen is playing with his athleticism and his knowledge of the game, so I think I'm just more mature as a whole....I know how [Wade] feels, the game is kind of fast when you first step out there. When you have that big brother our there guiding you, telling you what you did wrong on that play it really helps you a lot."

The early reviews for Penn State's heralded freshman are positive, if not cautiously optimistic that he can fill the void left behind by the graduated Malik Golden. If nothing else though Wade will spend his time working with one of the most experienced players on Penn State's roster and soak up a wealth of knowledge along the way.

As for everyone else, it's a dozen or so more games and even more interviews with the always dancin' Maryland native.

And nobody is complaining about that.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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