Any big, strong relative of former Fighting Illini offensive line star Jeff Allen has to be good, right? At least, that's the hope with Allen's nephew Javon Burruss. Only an upcoming sophomore, Burruss has a body size ready for college, and he's working to develop a game to match.
From an oversized, unrecruited high school junior to a second round draft pick in the NFL. That is the story behind Fighting Illini lineman Jeff Allen. Taken by Kansas City with the 44th pick in the draft, Allen is getting to fulfill a lifelong dream.
Four Illinois Fighting Illini were drafted in the first rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. All of them were taken ahead of anyone from Nebraska, Penn State, Ohio State or Michigan. Yes, Illinois had four while those four traditional powerhouses had a combined goose egg. Devon Still from PSU and Lavonte David from the Huskers were taken later in the second round.
Former Illinois OT Jeff...