Luke Fickell and the University of Wisconsin football program concluded their regular season with a 28-14 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers, reclaiming the prized Axe Trophy and providing a silver lining to an otherwise turbulent season.
Badgers star running back Braelon Allen had a career-defining game against the Gophers. He gutted out an impressive 165-yard rushing performance on 26 carries with two rushing touchdowns despite not being at full strength. Allen also caught three passes for 27 yards.
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The Fond du Lac native’s future has been a subject of speculation, considering he is eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft.
Everyone wants to know the same thing: will the junior return to the Wisconsin football team for a fourth and final season? Was this his last game for the Cardinal and White?
Wisconsin Football RB Braelon Allen to Disclose Future Plans “Soon Enough”
When probed about this by reporters after the game, Braelon Allen kept his decision under wraps, suggesting “I don’t know. I don’t know. You’ll find out soon enough,” Allen said of his decision.
Whether or not this marked Allen’s final game, it was certainly one to remember against the Wisconsin football team’s biggest rival.
“As a team, all we wanted a couple of weeks ago was trying to be bowl-eligible,” Allen said. “Once we accomplished that, obviously, that came with the Freedom Trophy, but the next step was the Axe. That was a non-negotiable. We had to leave here with it. To go out like that for the regular season is amazing.”
He was later seen chopping down the Minnesota goalposts with the seniors — which probably tips his hand a little — although Allen hasn’t made it some big secret, he’s leaning towards the NFL.
The lingering question remains if Allen’s departure is imminent: will he participate in a potential bowl game for the Wisconsin Badgers?
Having youth on his side (19 years old) and an injury history to consider, getting healthy and preparing for the NFL combine might be the better business decision.
Either way, Allen’s legacy with the Wisconsin football program places him among some of the greats at RB, finishing among the top 10 in rushing yards, totaling an impressive 3,494 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns on 5.9 yards per carry over his career.
For the 2023 season, Allen wraps up with a respectable 984 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 181 carries (5.4 YPC). He also caught 28 passes for 132 yards receiving. Allen laid it all out there for the Badgers in the last two trophy games, battling through injuries to finish on a strong note.
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