Allen one of six finalists for the Rimington

Allen is the lone junior among finalists for the award given to the nation's top center

Last week, Michigan State center Jack Allen was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media.

This week, Allen was named one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is given annual to the nation’s top center.

“Jack Allen is the heartbeat of our offensive line,” offensive line coach Mark Staten said. “As a lineman, Jack is the complete package, with the attitude as well as the mental and physical toughness. He plays with a nasty edge, every play, every series and every game.”

Now a junior, Allen has been in the starting mix since his freshman season and now has 34 career starts. On Sunday, he was named the winner of the Up Front Award at MSU’s team banquet, which is given to the team’s most outstanding lineman.

The other finalists are Georgia senior David Andrews, Auburn senior Reece Dismukes, Kansas State senior B.J. Finney, Boston College senior Andy Gallik and Oregon senior Hroniss Grasu.

The winner will be presented live during the ESPNU Red Carpet Show on Thursday, Dec. 11.

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