July 8, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior Jack Allen has been named to the 2014 watch list for the Rimington Trophy, presented to college football's most outstanding center since 2000.
The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten lead the way with 11 and 10 centers, respectively, and over half of the 66 players on the watch list are entering their senior seasons.
Allen, who started the last 12 games of the 2013 season at center, anchored an offensive line that helped pave the way for Jeremy Langford, who ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 1,422 rushing yards. The offensive line helped Michigan State rank second in the conference in time of possession (33:19 per game) and allowed just 17 sacks in 14 games - the third fewest (tied with Nebraska) in the Big Ten.
A second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, Allen finished third on the team with 68 knockdowns during the regular season. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors from the league's coaches. His 17.5 dominators during the regular season ranked second on the team.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Allen was named to ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Bowl Team after his performance in MSU's 24-20 victory over fifth-ranked Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. The Spartans produced 21 first downs and 397 total yards against the Cardinal.
Allen totaled a team-best seven knockdowns, as the Spartans rolled up 438 total yards in a 34-24 win over second-ranked Ohio State in the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game. He registered 9.5 knockdowns at Northwestern, including two dominators. Allen tallied nine knockdowns in MSU's 29-6 victory over Michigan. He was named Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week after posting six knockdowns, including two dominators, against Purdue. Allen recorded a career-best 10 knockdowns in the Big Ten opener at Iowa, including 5.5 dominators, while playing 78 snaps. With Travis Jackson sidelined with an injury, he returned to the starting lineup at center in Week 3 against Youngstown State and scored six knockdowns in 41 snaps. Allen sat out the first two games of the 2013 season (against Western Michigan and South Florida) with turf toe.
The award is named in honor of Dave Rimington, a two-time first-team All-American (1981 and '82) at Nebraska who also became the only two-time winner of the Outland Trophy as the nation's finest interior lineman.
The formal presentation of the Rimington Trophy will be made on Jan. 17, 2015, in Lincoln, Nebraska.