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Michigan State Spartans center Jack Allen answers the bell

By Adam Rittenberg
ESPN.com

The true assessment for Michigan State’s Jack Allen doesn’t come during games but immediately after them.

After the clock expires, Allen, the Spartans’ 6-foot-1, 300-pound junior center, heads to midfield with his teammates for the traditional postgame exchange with their opponent. He will look for the defensive players with whom he mashed plastic, metal, skin and bone for three-plus hours. If they approach him with right hands extended, he’ll reciprocate.

Deep down, he hopes they look the other way.

“If the other guy at the end of the game shakes my hand, I didn’t do a good enough job,” Allen told ESPN.com. “There were a few games where defensive tackles and linebackers didn’t want to see me ever again. “I’ve done my job when they don’t want to go out there any more.” The postgame escape, in Allen’s mind, is football’s version of tapping out, a term he knows well as a state champion wrestler in high school.

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