Born in Maywood, Calif., ... parents are Dr. John and Hazel Allen ... married Lori Ann Bowen in July 1983 ... served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Thailand from 1979-80 ... majoring in zoology.
Made the principal's honor roll at Los Altos High, where he won three letters each in football and basketball ... played three positions: linebacker, tight end and defensive end ... all-league and all-city ... coached by Dwayne Despain (Pepperdine).
Intercepted a pass against UTEP and ran 25 yards for a TD
Alternated at middle and strong linebacker as a mainstay in the defense ... was special teams player of the game vs. Georgia and was linebacker of the game vs UTEP, Hawai`i and Utah State ... led the team with 10 tackles vs. UTEP and had nine tackles at Utah State ... was Academic All-District Nine.
Started the entire season ... was second-leading defensive point-getter behind Todd Shell ... was District 7 Academic All-American ... his 42-yard return of a pass interception was the longest of the year for BYU ... linebacker of the week vs. Wyoming and Utah State.
Second Team Academic All-America (CoSIDA) ... Academic All-America, District Seven (CoSIDA) ... honorable mention All-America by Associated Press ... nominated for Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholar ... First Team All-WAC ... Academic All-WAC ... WAC Player of the Week vs. Tulsa ... against Tulsa he bobbled one of two pass interceptions while stumbling backwards in the endzone ... also had six tackles, one fumble recovery and one QB hurry against Tulsa ... against Pitt and Tulsa he was linebacker of the game by the BYU coaches ... teammed with Kyle Morrell in the critical goal-line stand in the wanning minutes of the second quarter at Pitt to stop a Panther rush on the one-yard line out of bounds ...dealt Michigan its final blow in the Holiday Bowl when he intercepted a Wolverine pass with a minute to go in the game ... led BYU's defense in scoring through eight games.