The Wisconsin Football DAWG of the Week series is an opportunity to spotlight players that had a massive impact on the game. Earning this prestigious honor is more than just statistical output. It’s about which Badgers player let that inner DAWG out.
Certainly stats will factor into this weekly award — but this particular accolade is more than who filled up the stat sheet. More simply — what player would not be denied. When a players best was required — who rose to the occasion?
Wisconsin Football RB Braelon Allen
Braelon Allen. Tip of the cap to you in what was likely the last time you played for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Allen has clearly been dinged up and ailing for weeks, but like a warrior does, he strapped up the pads for another game to bring out Axe home. BA took the ball and ran hard and brought home the axe.
I feel like I have said this so many times but when Braelon is running the ball with that power and bully mode, he is one of my favorite Badger running backs to watch play. Run after run he just batters the defense until they decide to make business decisions late in games.
Moving up the ranks 📈@BraelonAllen now sits at #️⃣9️⃣ for career rushing yards at UW + recorded game #️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ with 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ yards and a rushing TD, the most of any active power 5 running back ☝️ pic.twitter.com/1xxzZHvG3k
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 27, 2023
No, I am not pushing Braelon Allen out the door with my statement of his last game, but he has done enough to show NFL talent evaluators what he can do. As he likely forgoes his senior year to chase his NFL dreams I am proud of how he ended his career. He was a DAWG when the Badgers needed him the most this year and what a fitting end it may be.
Leaving now is probably the best move for him as it sets him up for a potential second contract early in his twenties when other backs are being shown the door.
Go get that bag, Braelon! You sure as hell deserve it after what you put your body through for us Wisconsin faithful.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 26, 2023
Thanks to Braelon and the boys persevering in Minneapolis, the Axe is back home where it belongs. It needn’t stay another day with PJ Fleck and his weirdo tendencies.
Being Axe-less and unable to do his “look at me stunts” please send your thoughts and prayers to the Iowa Hawkeyes fans as they navigate the horrors that will be put on the poor Floyd of Rosedale. I wouldn’t want to be a hogs holler from the Fleck residence this offseason.
Nugget: #Gophers coach PJ Fleck said on @KFAN1003 show that Floyd of Rosedale spent its first night back in Minnesota at the Fleck home. Fleck added that when the U won Paul Bunyan’s Axe, it ended up in bed with he and wife Heather.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 24, 2023
As we close out this inaugural season of Wisconsin Football DAWG of the Week, lets look back at some of past winners of this weekly installment.
Week 1: Chez Mellusi vs. Buffalo
Week 4: Tanner Mordecai vs. Purdue
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Ricardo Hallman vs. Rutgers
Week 7: “The Specialists” vs. Iowa
Week 8: Braelon Allen vs. Illinois
Week 9: Braedyn Locke vs. Ohio State
Week 10: Bucky Badger vs. Indiana
Week 11: Hunter Wohler vs. Northwestern
Week 12: Will Pauling vs. Nebraska
Thank you all for taking the journey with us at Badger Notes for this weekly installment and we hope you enjoyed a little humor with this series.
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