Success in the running back position is nothing new to the Wisconsin football program. Since Ron Dayne (and many before him), Wisconsin has almost always had a running back who would overshadow 1000-meter seasons, and sometimes they’d let multiple players do it in one season. Their current running back is no different. Braelon Allen looks like the next big thing on the job for Running Back University (RBU).
After a massive freshman season in which he ran more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games, he has everyone’s attention for the 2022 season, including Chris Hummer, a writer for 247Sports. Hummer has released an article about players who were the ‘next wave of superstars’ in college football. Braelon Allen was among the eleven players on the list.
.@chris_hummer‘s 11 players will show up as the next wave of College Football Superstars
Which man will have the biggest impact in 2022? pic.twitter.com/Sw3GZSSyEs
— 247Sports (@247Sports) January 21, 2022
Allen committed to Wisconsin as part of the 2022 recruiting class, but with enough credits to graduate high school early, he reclassified to the 2021 class, making their highest-rated draft class ever stronger. So as you go into his freshman season, stop me if you’ve heard this before, Allen was 17 years old.
According to most recruiting sites, Braelon Allen was listed as a safety or linebacker. As he got older, he continued to grow and gain weight, which is why many believed he would be a linebacker for the Badgers, another position where they have regularly produced NFL prospects. But when he got to Madison, Allen made the switch to run back. Maybe because the position space was small or maybe because he had a monstrous junior season running in high school. Maybe a combination of both.
He was somewhat buried on the depth chart after Jalen Berger showed flashes as a freshman in the 2020 season and the Badgers landed a transfer from Clemson, Chez Mellusi, who started the season at the top of the depth chart.
After a few games, some suspensions and injuries, Braelon Allen became a big part of the Badgers’ offense, rushing for more than 100 yards in seven straight games and 159 yards and two touchdowns in the Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State.
He’ll be in Wisconsin uniform for at least another two years, so you can expect Allen to be a household name across the country for some time to come.