Blake Treadwell was expected to be the starting left guard for the Spartans this season, replacing four-year starter Joel Foreman. Now Treadwell will miss at least the Aug. 31 opener against Boise State after suffering a hairline fracture in his tibia during drills.
"He's a tough guy," quarterback Andrew Maxwell said of Allen. "He's a hard-nosed guy. He's a guy who likes to be physical. Unfortunately what happened to Blake, you don't want to see happen to anybody, but when you have a backup like Jack who can step up and who has the smarts and the physical ability to play at that position, you're definitely comfortable with a guy."
Treadwell had made the transition to center last season after playing his first two years on the defensive line, yet last year he was lost for the season after three games, suffering a knee injury.