3 things to know about Mississippi State baseball's Tanner Allen, the SEC Player of the Year
Tanner Allen isn't just Mississippi State baseball's best player. He's the best player in the SEC.
Allen was voted the SEC's Player of the Year for 2021. Now it's time for the senior right fielder to try to lead the No. 6 Bulldogs to some postseason victories.
Here are three other things to know about Allen as MSU goes for another run to the College World Series.
Allen won the Ferriss Trophy
Monday was a special day for Allen.
He was named SEC POY, but a few hours before that he was named the best college baseball player in the state of Mississippi and awarded the Ferriss Trophy.
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Allen is hitting .387 with 53 RBIs, both of which are team highs among regular starters. He became the fourth MSU Bulldog to win the award in the last five seasons.
Allen has special connection with MSU fan
Allen wears a wristband in honor of the son of a diehard Mississippi State fan, Brandy Stokes, who died in a car accident.
Stokes' son, Jeb Stuart, always dreamed of playing baseball for Mississippi State. He died in high school, so he never got that chance. He wore No. 5 – the same number Allen wears.
The two have become friends during Allen's Mississippi State career.
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Allen has been drafted by MLB teams twice
Allen has had the chance to go pro out of high school, and he could have left after his junior season in college in 2019. He stayed true to Mississippi State both times.
He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 36th round in 2017 and by the Colorado Rockies in the 34th round in 2019. He is primed to be taken in a much earlier round once this season ends.