EAST LANSING, Mich. Rejection can be a powerful motivator.
It is something Michigan State outside linebacker Denicos Allen uses every time he faces Ohio State, which visits Spartan Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Big Ten opener.
Obviously, I didnt get offered there, said Allen, who made 415 tackles at Hamilton (Ohio) High. I took it personal then, but I just found a better place in Michigan State.
He added that some of the 27 other Ohioan Spartans have similar no thank-you stories. Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel, since dismissed and replaced by Urban Meyer, could afford to be quite choosy with a national field to pick from.
It added fuel to our fire, said Allen, who played a big role in last years 10-7 win over Ohio State in Columbus. It puts a chip on your shoulder.
Allen had not been playing up to expectations this season until Saturday, when he had the teams only sack and forced an important fumble in a closer than expected win over Eastern Michigan.
He said getting calle...