Of all the stories featured on Last Chance U, Dakota Allen’s one may have been the best.
A star linebacker at Texas Tech, Allen spent the 2016 season at East Mississippi Community College after legal issues. He eventually earned the opportunity to rejoin the Red Raiders and revive not only his college football career, but pursue a life in the NFL.
In honor of the final football season on Last Chance U, let’s look back at Dakota Allen and where he is now.
Dakota Allen spent most of his career at Texas Tech
A highly-touted linebacker from Humble, Texas, Allen stayed in the Lone Star State and began his career at Texas Tech.
After he redshirted as a true freshman, Allen broke out in 2015 with 87 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Allen added six tackles for loss and two interceptions in 11 games.
It looked like Allen and a talented quarterback named Patrick Mahomes would usher in a continued era of success in Lubbock.
Allen starred on season two of ‘Last Chance U’
The Dakota Allen era at Texas Tech never took off the way everyone thought it would.
Allen and two teammates were charged with second-degree burglary after the 2015 season ended. The football program dismissed him and he was expelled from the school, too.
Like other college football players who had issues at other schools, Allen transferred to East Mississippi Community College. The 2016 season coincided with the filming of the second season of Last Chance U, a Netflix docu-series.
Teaming up with former Louisville defensive end Tim Bonner, Allen dominated opposing offenses. He racked up 117 tackles, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, and five pass breakups.
Allen’s story, as well as his genuine remorse, made him a fan favorite on Last Chance U. His good-natured personality and chemistry with Bonner helped, too.
Where is Dakota Allen now?
Dakota Allen is one of the few Last Chance U players who not only earned a happy ending, but took full advantage of it.
Although he earned offers from other college football programs, Allen rejoined the Red Raiders before the 2017 season. Back in black (and red), Allen became one of college football’s best linebackers.
Allen recorded 102 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and forced a fumble in 2017. A year later, he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors with 6.5 tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
The Los Angeles Rams drafted Allen in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL draft. He was the 251st overall pick in a draft where 254 players were selected.
Allen made his NFL debut last season, but not with the Rams. He played eight snaps and recorded a tackle during the Raiders’ 24-21 victory over the Bears on October 8.
Allen is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s been a long journey for the 24-year-old linebacker, but he made it this far. Whatever is next for Allen, he’s earned the opportunity to play at the next level.
- All stats via Texas Tech