Is there a college football program in America with as much family tradition over the years as Michigan State?
Chris Solari takes a good look at the Allen Family Business – playing center for the Michigan State Spartans – in this nice piece in today’s Detroit Free Press –
These Allen brothers are maniacs – and that’s said with nothing but Spartan-style respect.
Now, Matt Allen.
Eventually, it might not be crazy to wonder if the program can exist without an Allen lining up at center for Mark Dantonio.
The Allen family seems to have something in its DNA that contains a chemistry designed to create Michigan State Spartans that dominate and punish defensive lines while providing steady leadership that coaches can’t necessarily teach.
And while it’s somewhat amazing to consider that three brothers from Hinsdale, Illinois have followed in each other’s footsteps to create such a lasting Spartan legacy for their own family, it’s perhaps even more amazing to take a look at the fact that the Allens aren’t the only family legacy produced by the Michigan State football program.
Last season’s team featured three sets of brothers – Brian & Matt Allen, David & Andrew Dowell, and Mike & Jacub Panasiuk.
This season, David and Andrew Dowell will be joined by their younger brother, Michael, after Michael turned down Big Ten, SEC, and ACC offers to become a Spartan.
The Allens, the Panasiuks, and the Dowells – to say nothing of the Bulloughs…..
Serious question – is there a football program in the nation that has had as many sets of brothers on rosters over the decades as Michigan State has had?
And what does this say about the way Mark Dantonio has built up his football program?
I’d say that when you have three sets of brothers on a football roster all at the same time, there is reason to believe that something that the head coach and his staff are doing is spot-on right.
Matt Allen appears to have a better-than-good shot at continuing the Allen tradition by becoming the anchor of the Spartan offensive line this coming season.
This will do much more than allow the Allen family to be as proud as it can be – it will allow the Spartans to be in the best position possible for continuing its tradition of pounding out wins and competing for championships.