Brian Allen to Start in East-West Shrine All-Star Game
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Former Michigan State center Brian Allen will showcase his talents in the 93rd annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game, which is being televised live on the NFL Network, will start at 3 p.m.
Allen, who is on the East roster and is scheduled to be in the starting lineup, has been practicing all week in front of NFL scouts. And although the game is on Saturday, Allen has already been making quite the impression in St. Petersburg.
In a story published on NFL.com, staff writer Chase Goodbread wrote on Thursday that after three days of practices, Allen has left one "of the strongest impressions on NFL scouts among more than 100 prospects gathered at the all-star game." The story also quoted an AFC scout that said Allen's "upside for an NFL career is as strong as anyone at the event because of his technique and understanding of leverage as an interior blocker."
In his first year as the full-time starting center in 2017, Allen anchored a young Spartan offensive line and helped lead MSU to a 10-3 overall record and No. 15 final ranking in The Associated Press Poll. He was the highest graded Spartan offensive lineman and led the team in snaps (977), knockdowns (98) and dominators (23). Allen finished the regular season ranked the No. 6 center in the FBS by Pro Football Focus. A four-time Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honoree, Allen was also named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week on four occasions.
The Hinsdale, Illinois, native started 38 games during his four seasons in East Lansing, including a team-best 28 consecutive to close out his career, as part of a total of 51 games played. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree, he earned second-team honors from the coaches and media at center in 2017, and was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection at guard as a junior (media) in 2016 and as a sophomore in 2015 (coaches and media).
In addition to his impressive on-field resume, Allen was just as successful in the classroom. He was named a semifinalist in 2017 for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is widely known as the "Academic Heisman," and also the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Allen is an economics major with a 3.24 GPA.
Voted a team captain in 2017, Allen helped lead the Spartan senior class to a 36-16 record from 2014-17, including two bowl wins (2014 Cotton, 2017 Holiday), one Big Ten Championship (2015) and one College Football Playoff appearance (2015). The 36 wins are sixth most by a class in school history.
Allen is ranked the No. 5 center in the 2018 NFL Draft class by CBS Sports and was recently named one of the top 10 centers in the upcoming NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
The 2018 NFL Draft is set for April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.