Among the biggest FCIAC offseason football news came in the spring, when Zach Allen, the highly-coveted 6-6, 245-pound linebacker from New Canaan, committed to play at Northwestern.
Big Ten recruits from the state are always headline-makers, and Allen had been one of the hot targets of schools after a junior season in which he combined with Michael Root and Cole Harris to form one of the best linebacker units on one of the best defenses in league history. Allen led the Rams with 11 1/2 sacks and was third on the team with 81 tackles.
Allen has gotten bigger and stronger during the offseason and will be a nightmarish matchup for opposing offenses.
Now, opposing defenses also may have some sleepless nights: the Rams have been experimenting with Allen at tight end, even though he has never played anywhere but the line offensively at any level of football. The idea of Allen running with the ball in space has been tantalizing for the New Canaan coaching staff.
Allen showed some of his pass-catching attributes this past weekend at New Canaan’s annual Grip It & Rip It tournament, where we caught up with him to talk about becoming a two-way player and the ease of now having his college decision behind him.