Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 6/30/14
Since Ron Zook took over in 2005, the Illinois Fighting Illini are first in the Big Ten in rushing, not the Wisconsin Badgers (who are second). It’s a surprising stat, but a truthful one. Senior weakside tackle Jeff Allen is yet another in a great line of OLs to come from Champaign to the NFL (Tony Pashos, David Diehl, Jon Asamoah, Brad Hopkins, Brandon Moore, J.P. Machado, and Allen’s case we’ll see if he makes the leap this April). The Illini switch guards and tackles given the play call. So there is no true right/left guards and tackles. This versatility will serves Illini OL well for the next level. They all have experience playing multiple positions. Allen, a 6-5. 315 behemoth from Chicago (King h.s.) describes his best characteristic as “being a four year starter, knowing the tempo of the game.” And in the preseason stated his main goal as “to be a constant leader.” He’s helped paved the way for a solid ground attack that was ranked 14 in the nation heading into the in-state...
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