The Devy Minute: Braelon Allen
By Tommy Harvey
Ron Dayne, Montee Ball, James White, Melvin Gordon, Jonathan Taylor, and now…Braelon Allen. The Freshman RB had a breakout season for the Badgers in 2021, with over 1,200 yards and 12 TDs. Initially expected to share carries with Chez Mellusi and Jalen Berger, Allen emerged as a dominant force after Mellusi was injured and Berger was dismissed from the team.
Out of high school, Allen was a Safety and Runningback with many projections seeing him as a Linebacker. He quickly showed he was suited for the offensive backfield. His 6.8 yards per carry finished tied for 3rd in the country among RBs with over 100 carries with TreVeyon Henderson out of Ohio State. He also finished 3rd in the Big 10 with 1,268 yards rushing.
Headed into his Sophomore season, Allen is an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy. Currently tied for 12th at +3300 (according to Bovada), the Badger RB is certainly expected to have another huge season. Allen is my overall RB3 and is my RB2 for the 2024 NFL Draft.
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