EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State senior center Brian Allen has been named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Outland Trophy is presented to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman by the Football Writers Association of America.
This is the second preseason honor for Allen, as he was named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List earlier in the week.
Allen is one of 11 players from the Big Ten on the 81-player watch list.
Allen enters his senior season in 2017 having started in 14 consecutive games, the longest active streak on the team. He has played in 38 career contests, including 25 starts (16 at left guard, five at right guard, four at center).
A mainstay on the offensive line his first three seasons, Allen was one of only three players on the team and the only offensive lineman to start every game in 2016. He led the team with twice as many knockdowns as any other lineman and also ranked first in dominators.
Allen earned Spartan Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades twice last season (vs. Furman and Rutgers). In the win at No. 18 Notre Dame, Allen helped the Spartans rack up a season-high 501 yards of total offense, including 260 rushing yards, as he produced a team-best 12.5 knockdowns.
Down the stretch, Allen was instrumental in providing consistency to an injury-riddled offensive line that started seven different combinations. The Spartans rushed for more than 200 yards five times in 2016, including four of the last six games (270 vs. Maryland, 217 vs. Michigan, 277 vs. Rutgers, 207 vs. Ohio State).
The Hinsdale, Illinois, native, who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media for the second straight year in 2016, started three positions on the offensive line as a junior. He started the first three games at left guard, then shifted to center for two games before moving to right guard for five games. The versatile lineman started at left guard the final two contests.
As a sophomore in 2015 on Michigan State’s Big Ten Championship team that played in the College Football Playoff, Allen appeared in all 14 games, including 12 starts (10 at left guard; two at center).
A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Allen is majoring in economics.
The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.
The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Six days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 72nd Outland Trophy – named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century, will be announced live on ESPN at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 7. For the third straight year, the show will air from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 10, 2018 in Omaha, Neb. Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award at the same banquet.