The undersized SAM linebacker from Ohio has proven Mark Dantonio and his staff know how to project talent in their defensive scheme.
Denicos Allen will enter his second season as a starter looking to improve on the great numbers he produced last season where he showed he's one of the more talented defensive players in all of college football.
In making Allen a member of the indispensable team, one only needed to look at where the Spartans would have been without him last season when he posted 83 tackles and 11 sacks.
While it would have been easy to talk about Allen's success during the season, one only needs to look at his success during Big Ten play to see he brought his best when it mattered most posting 10 sacks against conference foes.
Without Allen the Spartans could face a huge drop off at the SAM linebacker position and the reason Allen earned our No. 6 spot on the indispensable Spartan team for the 2012 season.