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Wisconsin Football DAWG of the Week in Boat Destructing Win vs. Minnesota

Which Wisconsin football player earned the final DAWG of the Week of the regular season?



Wisconsin Badgers Football running back Braelon Allen chops down the Gophers goal posts
Nov 25, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen (0) and teammates celebrate with the Paul Bunyan Football Trophy ceremonial axe to act out cutting down the goalposts after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Huntington Bank Stadium. Wisconsin won 28-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

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.

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.

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.

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 2: Nathanial Vakos vs. Washington State

Week 3: Hunter Wohler vs. Georgia Southern

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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