2015 Football Renewal Rewards
#61 Darian Allen
Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 291
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
High School: W.W. Samuell HS
Experience: SQ

NEW MEXICO: Making a position change to the offensive line in 2014 after spending his first two seasons on the defensive line. ... must apply aggressive instincts to the offensive side of the ball to develop as the physical type of player offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier wants to develop. ... learning proper technique and footwork is a priority as he looks to contribute on the offensive side of the ball.

2013 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): Did not see any game action

2012 (FRESHMAN): Redshirted

HIGH SCHOOL: One of Samuell’s best defensive players the past two seasons...first-team All-District 9-5A as a junior and second-team All-District as a senior...his coach, Steve Pierce, said offenses ran away from Allen his senior year...still finished with 60 tackles, five sacks and three tackles for loss...played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Game...had 67 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles his junior year...a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in basketball.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 16, 1993 in Mesquite, Texas...son of Denise and Daniel Allen...has four brothers, Daniel Jr., Anais, Brandon and William...favorite food is his mom’s jambalaya...active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...was a finalist for the FCA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in Texas in 2011...wants to study sports medicine...a believer in fate, Darian said when he was 7 years old, he dreamed that he played college football in a uniform that was red and gray - a close approximation to UNM’s cherry and silver.