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NEWS > Ball State commit Pollard credits mother who 'wouldn't let me fail'
June 28, 2016
Dorion Pollard doesn't deny his behavior skewed wayward more than forward, even less than a year ago.
Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 210 pounds, Pollard has a combination of size and athleticism that led to early success on the football field. But the Hinsdale Central incoming senior linebacker needed an attitude adjustment, according to Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman.
"Dorion was a kid who came in as sophomore when I got here," Hartman said. "He was a kid on the edge. I mean the edge like on the edge of being in trouble and not being in trouble, but he really bought into the program and his attitude changed about the way he ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > 5 ROOKIE UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS WHO COULD MAKE AN IMPACT IN 2016
4. Jack Allen, OL, New Orleans Saints
The second of New Orleans’ UDFA signees on this list, Allen will most likely add talented depth behind 30-year-old Max Unger, a top-10 NFL center last season in PFF grades. It’s certainly worth noting, however, that 2015 was the first full season Unger has played since 2012, owing to injuries.
If Allen is called into action, it’s likely that questions will soon rise as to why he was drafted. Allen finished 2015 as the 11th-highest-graded FBS center, a short slide from his fourth-place standing the season prior. Last year, he earned the second-highest run-blocking grade in the class, and the seventh-best pass-blocking mark.
As noted by ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Jack Allen 'excited to prove myself' with Saints after going undrafted
By Bob Narang
A two-time All-American center and captain for the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans, Jack Allen had hoped to be selected in the NFL draft, which was held April 28-30 in Chicago.
Despite not being among the 253 picks in the seven-round draft, Allen, a former Hinsdale Central offensive lineman, moved a step closer to realizing his childhood dream of making an NFL roster by signing a free-agent contract Saturday, April 30, with the New Orleans Saints.
Allen, at 6-foot-1 and 294 pounds, is the oldest of three siblings who all played football and wrestled in high school for the Red Devils. Brian, a junior, will compete for ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Jack Allen gets timed, measured, interviewed at NFL draft combine
By George M. Wilcox
The parents of former Hinsdale Central offensive lineman Jack Allen watched their son's performance at the NFL draft combine Friday, Feb. 26, from the comfort of their Hinsdale home.
John and Leslie Allen didn't have to wait long to see their son on TV. NFL Network's coverage began at 8 a.m. from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and Jack Allen was the second runner in the offensive line group for the 40-yard dash.
"It was neat, but it was nerve-racking," Leslie Allen said. "You don't know the offensive linemen. You just have to wait to see how everyone else does and see how he falls ... READ FULL STORY
NEWS > Former Hinsdale Central star taking his shot at NFL Scouting Combine
INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan State center Jack Allen's local connections go beyond his prep days at Hinsdale Central.
His great-uncle, Bob Konovsky, played for the Chicago Cardinals from 1956-58, was with the Bears in 1960 and played for the Denver Broncos in 1961. Before his pro football career, Konovsky was a three-time Big Ten heavyweight wrestling champ, and after his football days were over, he wrestled professionally as "Killer Konovsky."
At Hinsdale Central, Allen was a state champion wrestler at 285 pounds, and the ability to grapple in the trenches and use leverage to his advantage are qualities prized by NFL offensive line coaches.
The 6-foot-1, 294-pounder is one of the smaller ... READ FULL STORY