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Allen decides to return to Penn State for senior season


Penn State received some good news on Sunday night.

The team's leading tackler, safety Marcus Allen, has announced he's returning for his senior season.

Marcus Allen

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 202-pound Allen made 110 tackles this season.

Allen said he made the decision to return to PSU despite receiving "largely positive" feedback about his NFL draft prospects. He said the choice was a "tough one."

"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," Allen wrote on his Twitter account. "The NFL will be there next year and I trust that God will deliver me wiser, stronger, and healthy to meet the challenge."

Allen is the third draft-eligible Nittany Lion to announce his decision to return to PSU, following in the footsteps of tight end Mike Gesicki and linebacker Jason Cabinda.

Two other PSU players, wideout Chris Godwin and defensive end Garrett Sickels, have decided to forego their final year of PSU eligibility and turn pro.