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Wisconsin Badgers RB Braelon Allen Named Preseason Walter Camp All-American



Wisconsin Football running back Braelon Allen
Oct 22, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) during warmups prior to the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Ahead of the 2023 college football season, Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen has earned second-team All-American honors from the Walter Camp Foundation.

This remarkable accolade speaks volumes about Allen’s exceptional talent, hard work, and dedication to the sport. Entering his junior season, Allen has already become a force to be reckoned with in college football, compiling back-to-back second-team All-Big Ten honors in his first two seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 238-pound RB finished his sophomore season with 230 carries for 1,242 yards (5.4 YPC) and 11 touchdowns. He also caught a career-high 13 passes for 104 yards.

According to Pro Football Focus, Allen registered 671 yards after contact, 2.92 yards after contact per attempt, and was the highest-graded starting offensive player for the Badgers (79.6).

Wisconsin Badgers RB Braelon Allen Is Expecting a Massive Junior Season 

Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Braelon Allen first gained attention as a versatile athlete in high school. Excelling in both football and track and field, he quickly became a highly sought-after recruit.

Initially recruited as a safety, Allen quickly showcased his incredible potential during training camp, catching the attention of coaches — creating a spirited discussion about where he would play. His impressive combination of size, speed, and agility made him a unique prospect.

Ultimately, the Wisconsin Badgers coaches decided to play him as a running back, which proved to be a stroke of genius, as Allen thrived in his new role.

He quickly became a key contributor to the Wisconsin offense, showcasing his ability to break tackles, find running lanes, and make big plays. For each of the last two seasons, he’s eclipsed 1,200+ yards rushing and been the focal point of the entire offense. 

With the addition of head coach Luke Fickelll and Phil Longo, the Wisconsin Badgers offense should see a major uptick in production, which has Allen and his fellow running backs beaming with excitement. 

“Probably running into six-man boxes and not just knowing every week it’s going to be eight or nine guys in the box on every single play,” Allen said, referencing what he was most excited about. “Playing in an offense that is more spread out, it just automatically is going to loosen up defenses.”

With a strong junior season, Allen is expected to leave school early and declare for the NFL draft.

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