HINSDALE – Sean Allison identifies himself as a “hybrid linebacker.”
The Hinsdale Central junior can play linebacker, and he can also make big hits and provide coverage at safety.
And he’s pretty darn good at both.
Allison had nine tackles, four of them for loss, last Friday in Hinsdale Central’s 31-10 win over Lyons Township. The victory wrapped up a perfect 6-0 season, and West Suburban Silver championship.
Allison was voted the Friday Night Drive Team of the Week MVP with 215 votes, beating out runner-up David Narkis of La Salle-Peru A total of 5,764 votes were cast for the Team of the Week.
Allison was presented his MVP belt, sponsored by Schweickert, Ganassin, Krzak, Rundio, LLP., on Tuesday in front of his teammates and coaches. Allison then answered a few questions from Suburban Life sports editor Joshua Welge.
So, you guys finished 6-0, how great was that?
Allison: We had a great team on both sides of the ball. The offense, led by quarterback Michael Brescia, and a great defense that had great chemistry. We didn’t have any great key players on defense, we were doubted at the start of the season but we proved everyone wrong being one of the best defenses in the state with great chemistry and flying all around the ball. Everyone knew what their job was and knew where to go.
I was going to say, beginning of the year, people were going to talk about Michael Brescia because they knew the name and he’s a quarterback. But your defense, tell me about your defense, because it was really dominant. [Hinsdale Central only gave up 31 points all season].
Allison: It started up front with our three D-linemen. Everyone just worked well together. All our linebackers were flowing, a lot of people shared the ball, a lot of tackles, DBs, we had four great ones, three of them playing college ball, all of them seniors. We just worked well together.
What is a linebacker hybrid mean?
Allison: I really play an outside linebacker/safety position. Really I’m just a coverage linebacker and also fit into the run as well.
Were there any particular highlights for you this year that stand out?
Allison: I had a good play against York, picked off a ball and brought it back down to the 3-yard line. And just the defense in general against Glenbard West was great, obviously they are a very dominant team and have been for a long time, and we were able to shut them down.
Have you always played linebacker or a hybrid?
Allison: I’ve played safety my whole life up until last year when I got pulled up to varsity and I started playing a linebacker/safety hybrid position. I really like it. I can help in the run and play in coverage as well.
I noticed on Twitter that you have a pretty darn good GPA in school too. What is the toughest class you’ve ever had?
Allison: Probably just math in general, I don’t like that math too much but definitely have to work at that and get the grades up.
Do you know what you want to do besides being a football player?
Allison: Something in business, I might go into coaching and teaching as well. I just love the game. Coaching could be a good future job for me as wel.
Do you have a favorite meal your mom makes on game nights or in general?
Allison: My mom cooks up a mean chicken parm.
Do you have a favorite movie?
Allison: The Blind Side, definitely.
If you could have three people over for dinner, who would they be?
Allison: I wouldn’t mind having a conversation with [Alabama] coach [Nick] Saban. Probably Adam Sandler maybe. And Walter Payton.