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What to know about Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen, including stats, age, height, weight and more

Mike Hart
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

University of Wisconsin sophomore sensation Braelon Allen could be a Heisman Trophy candidate this season.

Not bad for a tailback who thought he was going to play linebacker for the Badgers.

Get to know Allen here.

Where is Braelon Allen from?

His hometown is Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was a football star at Fond du Lac High School.

What's Braelon Allen's age?

He is 18 years old. But he was 17 during last season leading announcers to gush, "Braelon Allen is only 17!"

When is Braelon Allen's birthday?

He was born on Jan. 20, 2004.

What is Braelon Allen's height?

He is 6-foot-2.

What's his weight?

235 pounds.

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What were Braelon Allen's statistics last season?

He was only used on special teams in his first college game. He carried the ball just 12 times for 49 yards in UW's first four games.

Allen led the Badgers and ranked third in the Big Ten with 1,268 rushing yards, joining Ron Dayne (1996), James White (2010) and Jonathan Taylor (2017) as the only true freshmen in school history to run for 1,000 yards.

He averaged 6.82 yards per carry, tied with Ohio State's TreVeyon Henderson for the best average in the nation among backs with at least 140 carries. Over 65% of his rushing total came after contact. He rushed for at least 100 yards in eight games, including a streak of seven straight 100-yard games. That streak was the longest by a freshman in school history. Only Anthony Davis (2001) and Taylor (2017) had more 100-yard games as a freshman at UW.

His eight 100-yard rushing games tied him with Kenneth Walker III of Michigan State for most in the Big Ten. His nine rushes of 30-plus yards were the most by a Big Ten player and tied for fourth-most in the country. Only nine of his 186 carries (4.8%) went for negative yardage. He ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning score with 3:50 left in a game against Nebraska. The week prior, in his first career start, he ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns against Northwestern.

He ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries at Purdue. He was named MVP of the Las Vegas Bowl after rushing for 159 yards on 29 carries. 

Braelon Allen honors and awards

He is on the 2022 Maxwell Award preseason watch list and the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list. Last season, he was a Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award finalist, Walter Camp Freshman All-American and consensus second-team All-Big Ten. He was the Big Ten co-Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 15) and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 18, Nov. 8).

What's Braelon Allen's 40-time and other measurables?

He has recorded a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, 32.5-inch vertical leap, 9-foot, 8-inch broad jump, 6.91-second three-cone drill and a 4.16-second 20-yard shuttle. He also had a 610-pound squat and a 405-pound power clean.

What were Braelon Allen's high school accomplishments at Fond du Lac?

He was a four-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. He recorded 48 tackles with 6.0 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and three interceptions as a sophomore safety.

He ran for 621 yards on 76 carries with six TDs, and averaged 29.1 yards as a kick returner. He was named second-team All-America by MaxPreps as a sophomore.

He was named to the WFCA all-state team on both offense (running back) and defense (safety) in 2021. He rushed 1,039 yards (in seven games) on 71 carries, averaging of 14.6 yards per carry and finished with 23 touchdowns and 135 receiving yards as a senior.

What is Braelon Allen's nickname?

Man Child