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Eric Benjamin Allen (May 18, 1949 – October 27, 2015) was an American gridiron football player. He played college football for the Michigan State Spartans football team from 1969 to 1971 and professional football for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League from 1972 to 1975.[1][2]

Eric Allen
Born:(1949-05-18)May 18, 1949
Georgetown, South Carolina
Died:October 27, 2015(2015-10-27) (aged 66)
Georgetown, South Carolina
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Position(s)HB/SE
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight162 lb (73 kg)
CollegeMichigan State
High schoolHoward High School
NFL draft1972 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Drafted byBaltimore Colts
Career history
As player
19721975Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
  • Eastern All-Star team (1972, 1973)
Career stats
Receptions130
Receiving yards2,401
Touchdowns16

A 1968 graduate of Howard High School in Georgetown, South Carolina,[3] Allen gained over 3,000 combined rushing and passing yards for Michigan State.[1] On October 30, 1971, Allen set an NCAA single-game record with 350 rushing yards on 29 carries in a 43-10 win over Purdue. He broke the prior record of 347 yards set by Ron Johnson of Michigan in 1968.[4] During the 1971 season, Allen led the Big Ten Conference in both rushing yardage (1,410), yards from scrimmage (1,769), rushing yards per carry (5.8), and touchdowns (18).[1] He was the first Big Ten player to score more than 100 points in a season. Allen finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1971.[5]

Allen was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the fourth round of the 1972 NFL Draft, but did not sign and played in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.[6] During his rookie year with the Argonauts, he caught 53 passes for 1,067 yards and eight touchdowns. He also gained 220 rushing yards on 50 carries during the 1972 season.[2]

Allen died in hospice care at his hometown on October 27, 2015.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

[8] Receiving Rushing Punt returns Kick returns Misc
Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg Long TD Att Yds Avg Long TD PR Yds Avg Long TD KR Yds Avg Long TD FUM FR
1972 TOR 14 50 1,067 20.1 62 8 50 220 4.4 14 0 3 15 5.0 8 0 18 405 22.5 46 0 1 0
1973 TOR 14 40 797 19.9 100 4 19 52 2.7 14 0 6 56 9.3 18 0 16 442 27.6 78 0 4 1
1974 TOR 7 18 281 15.6 48 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 39 19.5 20 0 1 0
1975 TOR 9 19 256 13.5 46 1 14 51 3.6 9 0 1 24 24.0 24 0 24 565 23.5 44 0 1 1
Total 44 130 2,401 18.5 100 16 83 323 3.9 14 0 10 95 9.5 24 0 60 1,451 24.2 78 0 7 2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Eric Allen". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Eric Allen". cflapeda. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.southstrandnews.com. "Georgetown sports legend Eric Allen dead at 66".
  4. ^ "Boilers Lose 43-10; Eric Allen Sets Record". Pharos Tribune & Press. October 31, 1971.
  5. ^ "Former Michigan State RB Eric Allen, Heisman candidate, dies at 66". ESPN.com. October 2015.
  6. ^ "Baltimore Afro-American - Google News Archive Search".
  7. ^ "Former Michigan State Football Star Eric Allen Dies At 66".
  8. ^ Maher, Tod; Gill, Bob (2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946–2012. Maher Sports Media. p. 144. ISBN 978-0983513667.