Grinz on Green Blog: All-American Jack Allen Showcases His Versatility, Power with Move to Left Tackle
The 2014 Rimington Award finalist has made a smooth transition from center to left tackle.
Michigan State's offense converted two fourth downs on two touchdown-scoring drives, while the Spartan defense came up with four fourth-down stops, including a goal-line stand in the second quarter.
Defensive end Shilique Calhoun has been elected captain by his peers for the second-straight year, while center Jack Allen and linebacker Darien Harris assume new leadership roles.
Dantonio announces team captains following Thursday's practice.
Michigan State returns seven of nine starters along the offensive and defensive lines.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience.
Now it's time to develop a knockout punch.
Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
2014 FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN (USA TODAY)
2014 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG TEN
2014 RIMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST
Fifth-year senior and three-year letterwinner enters his fourth season as a starter on the offensive line . . . tough, tenacious lineman has played in 36 career games, including 35 starts (30 at center, five at left guard) . . . has registered 207.5 career knockdowns . . . featured on preseason watch lists for the Outland Trophy (nation's most outstanding interior lineman), Lombardi Award (nation's most outstanding college lineman) and Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) . . . preseason All-America selection by Lindy's (first team), Phil Steele (second team) and Athlon Sports (third team) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports, Lindy's, Phil Steele and Sporting News. . . . three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2014 SEASON (JUNIOR): Named first-team All-American by USA TODAY, becoming just the fourth Spartan center to earn first-team All-America honors, joining Dick Tamburo (1952), Dan Currie (1957) and Dave Behrman (1962) . . . also the first Spartan offensive lineman to garner first-team All-America status since Flozell Adams and Scott Shaw in 1997 . . . in addition, was selected a third-team All-American by The Associated Press and fourth-team All-American by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . honorable mention All-American by SI.com . . . named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy (nation's most outstanding center) . . . named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media . . . MSU's first All-Big Ten First Team center since Jason Strayhorn in 1998 . . . also named first-team All-Big Ten by ESPN.com, Athlon Sports and Phil Steele . . . offensive recipient of MSU's Up Front Award (most outstanding lineman) . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the third straight year . . . started 11 of MSU's 13 games at center . . . didn't allow a sack all season . . . led team with 18.5 dominators and ranked second with a career-best 85.5 knockdowns . . . anchored the line for the most prolific offense in school history, as the Spartans set school single-season records for points (559), total offense (6,510 yards; 500.8 yards per game), offensive touchdowns (70), rushing touchdowns (44), scoring average (43.0 points per game), rushing yards (3,057) and first downs (321) . . . the offensive line allowed just 11 sacks, which ranked as the fewest in the Big Ten and tied for third-fewest in the NCAA FBS . . . named to The Associated Press and SI.com All-Bowl Teams after MSU gained 552 total yards and 238 rushing yards -- both the second-highest totals in Spartan bowl history -- as the Spartans defeated No. 4 Baylor in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic, 42-41 . . . also named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team and BTN.com All-Big Ten Postseason Team . . . had 11 knockdowns in the regular-season finale at Penn State, including three dominators, and was named the Spartan Offensive Player of the Week . . . recorded five knockdowns at Maryland, including three dominators . . . tallied 9.5 knockdowns vs. No. 14 Ohio State . . . compiled a career-best 12.5 knockdowns in the win over Michigan, including four dominators . . . did not play at Indiana due to an injury . . . recorded a team-best nine knockdowns vs. No. 19 Nebraska . . . had his streak of 15 consecutive starts snapped as he missed the Wyoming game due to an ankle injury . . . named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after leading team with nine knockdowns in win over Eastern Michigan as MSU rushed for 336 yards . . . named the fourth game captain vs. Oregon . . . produced 10 knockdowns in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State, as MSU amassed 565 total yards.
2013 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Started the last 12 games at center . . . named second-team All-Big Ten by the media . . . named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches . . . Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the second-straight year . . . recipient of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award (offense) . . . ranked third on the team with 68 knockdowns in the regular season . . . his 17.5 dominators in the regular season ranked second on the team . . . named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team for his performance in the victory over No. 5 Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game . . . produced a team-best seven knockdowns vs. No. 2 Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game . . . had 9.5 knockdowns, including two dominators, at Northwestern . . . produced nine knockdowns in win over No. 23 Michigan . . . named Spartan Lineman of the Week after posting six knockdowns, including two dominators, vs. Purdue . . . recorded a season-best 10 knockdowns at Iowa, including 5.5 dominators, while playing 78 snaps . . . returned to the starting lineup at center in Week 3 vs. Youngstown State with Travis Jackson sidelined with an injury . . . recorded six knockdowns in 41 snaps vs. Youngstown State . . . missed the first two games of the 2013 season (vs. Western Michigan and South Florida) with turf toe.
2012 (RED-SHIRT FRESHMAN): Started 12 games in 2012 as a red-shirt freshman (seven at center; five at left guard) and saw action in all 13 contests . . . named Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (first team), Sporting News (first team) and CollegeFootballNews.com (second team) . . . also a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by ESPN.com and BTN.com . . . winner of MSU's Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . . versatile lineman started at center vs. Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Northwestern, Minnesota and TCU, and at left guard against Boise State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa . . . moved to center midway through the year following season-ending injury to Jackson . . . played 925 out of a possible 957 offensive snaps (97 percent), ranking behind only offensive guard Chris McDonald (in total plays) . . . ranked second on the team with 59 knockdowns, including a team-leading 14 dominators . . . turned in perhaps his top performance of the season in MSU's 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, producing nine knockdowns, including one dominator, and helping spring Le'Veon Bell for 145 yards on 32 carries against the Horned Frogs; TCU entered the game ranked 10th in the NCAA Football Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing just 103.9 yards per game . . . started at left guard in his collegiate debut against No. 24 Boise State . . . Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011 SEASON: Redshirted . . . named Scout Team Co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . ranked among the nation's top centers by Scouts.com (No. 7) and Scouts, Inc. (No. 10) . . . rated among the Top 25 seniors in Illinois by Rivals.com (No. 24) . . . three-year starter for Coach Mike DiMatteo at Hinsdale Central High School . . . Class 8A all-state selection as a senior by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune . . . two-time all-conference pick . . . selected West Suburban Silver Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2010 after averaging 87 percent on his blocking assignments . . . two-way player also saw action at nose tackle . . . posted 20 tackles (19 solos, 1 assist) in 2010, including a career-best six stops - all solos - vs. Wheaton-Warrenville South . . . earned DuPage County all-area honors as a junior . . . anchored an offensive line that helped the Red Devils average 435.8 total yards in 2009, including 239.5 rushing yards per game (also scored 31 rushing touchdowns) . . . registered 18 tackles (16 solos, 2 assists) as a junior, including two sacks (18 yards) and a fumble recovery . . . made a season-high five tackles vs. Glenbard West . . . three-time all-state and all-conference wrestler . . . won Illinois Class 3A wrestling title at 285 pounds as a senior . . . set then school single-season records for wins (46) and near falls (29) in 2011 . . . graduated as Hinsdale Central's all-time leader in career wins (143) . . . finished second in the state at 285 pounds in 2010 and second at 215 pounds in 2009 . . . son of John and Leslie Allen . . . his brother Brian is a sophomore offensive lineman on the Spartans . . . born Sept. 24, 1992 . . . majoring in hospitality business.