Hinsdale, IL | 6014 | 310 | 5.05E | 2018
Hard-nosed, aggressor blocker whose greatest attribute is in the run game where he has earned a reputation for paving huge rushing lanes for Spartans tailbacks to run through. Excellent pull guard who chugs down the line in a jiffy—also shows great ability to chip, shed and move on to the second level to pick up backers. Holds leverage well once engaged at point of attack. Needs to get stronger in pass protection—shows inconsistencies in overall technique during pass block situations. Tends to get a bit too wide in his stance on occasion, which makes him vulnerable to bull-rush defenders. Will serve as a versatile interior lineman who should start in the NFL for the next decade-strong, so long he stays healthy. With experience starting at guard and center, a proven resume against top competition and a football family background (his older brother Jack played and younger brother Matt plays at MSU), this player should be a highly rated value pick on day two.
2016: A mainstay on the offensive line, was one of only three players on the team and the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games . . . second-team All-Big Ten choice by the media and third-team pick by the coaches
2015: Appeared in all 14 games, including 12 starts (10 at left guard; two at center) . . . collected 82.5 knockdowns during the regular season, second most on the team . . . named to CampusInsiders.com All-Sophomore Team (first team) . . . second-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media)
2014: Named a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and Scout.com . . . also earned Freshman All-America honors from Athlon Sports (third team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (honorable mention) . . . named to the ESPN.com and BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Teams
High School: Three-year starter at Hinsdale Central for Coach Rich Tarka . . . earned first-team all-state honors (8A) from the Illinois High School Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune as a senior . . . two-time All-West Suburban Conference first-team honoree. . . first wrestler in school history to win four state medals (second at 285 pounds in 2014; first at 285 in 2013; third at 285 in 2012; third at 215 in 2011) . . . as a junior, won the 2013 3A state wrestling championship at heavyweight (285 pounds), finishing the season with a perfect 48-0 record . . . nearly claimed back-to-back state titles at 285 pounds, but lost in overtime in the championship match; finished his senior year with a 45-2 record…also won the state title in the shot put in 2013 . . . selected Chicago Sun-Times Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14.
Personal: Son of John and Leslie Allen . . . his older brother, Jack, was a four-year letterwinner (2012-15) and two-time first-team All-American center (2014-15) at Michigan State; he spent his rookie season (2016) in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints . . . his younger brother, Matt, is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman on the Spartans . . . born Oct. 11, 1995 . . . economics major.