Allen on watch list for Rimington Trophy

Michigan State junior center among 66 players on the initial watch list, a year after Travis Jackson was on the same list.

Last July, Michigan State put center Travis Jackson on the Rimington Trophy watch list. This time around, Jack Allen is the Spartans representative among the early candidates for the award given to the nation's best center.

Allen started 12 games last season at center, while splitting time with Jackson at points. The pair coined themselves "the dual-center threat" last season, a moniker started by Jackson.

He was a second-team All-big Ten selection by the media last year, while earning honorable mentioned from the coaches. As a freshman in 2012, Allen was named a freshman All-American by many outlets.

Allen is expected to anchor the Spartans line this year, as Jackson slides to left guard, with both providing plenty of experience to the unit that lost three starters.

In a recent panel of publishers, Allen was named the third best returning offensive lineman in the conference.

The list consisted of 66 players, with 10 coming from the Big Ten. The only schools not represented were Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Illinois.

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