As we enter the final 15 players in our 2014 Big Ten football Top 25 players countdown we have had a conspicuous absence of Michigan State players. Don’t fret, as you’ll get your fill today in what is perhaps the most one-school centric portion of our poll.
Let’s continue the week-long party with a look at those players smack-dab in the middle of our rankings.
15. Jack Allen, C (Michigan State)
When dealing with offensive linemen stats are hard to quantify individually. However, it’s hard to deny the talent present in Allen. He was part of the offensive line that gave up the fewest sacks in the Big Ten (10.0) and was third overall in the country in sacks allowed.
Allen also was named first-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media following this season and was named first-team All-American by USA Today among other honors received.
His athletic ability and steadying force on a changing offensive line this season was impressive to say the least. Besides, who are we to argue about a first-team All-American selection at center from the Big Ten?