Wisconsin’s Allen earns Walter Camp Preseason All-American Honors

Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen was named a Walter Camp Preseason Second-Team All-American on March 31.

Allen is the fifth Badger in program history to run for 1,000 yards as both a freshman and a sophomore and is gearing up for his junior season in a new-look Wisconsin offense.

The Fond du Lac native ran for 1,242 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Badgers’ lead back on his way to second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2022.

Among active players entering the 2023 season, Allen’s 2,510 rushing yards over the last two seasons lead all Power 5 running backs. In the Badger record books, Allen heads into 2023 ranking fourth all-time with a 6.03 yards per carry mark, trailing Melvin Gordon (7.79), Jonathan Taylor (6.67) and James White (6.24). His yards per carry clip is the highest in the nation among returning RBs with 400-plus career carries.

In 2021, Allen compiled 1,268 yards during his freshman season and averaged 6.82 yards per carry, tied for the best mark in the nation. He was named a Walter Camp Freshman All-American and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.

With the launch of the Air Raid offense in Madison, Allen expects to face fewer stacked defensive boxes. Over the last two seasons, Allen has compiled an NCAA-best 1,661 yards against 8-plus man boxes.

Wisconsin will continue spring practice into April in preparation for the 2023 season. Badger fans can join the action on April 22 at Camp Randall Stadium for ‘The Launch,’ presented by Old Dutch. The event will be the first chance for fans to see the new-look Badger football team under first-year head coach Luke Fickell.

UW opens the 2023 regular season slate with a matchup versus Buffalo at Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 2.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation is the caretaker of the nation’s oldest college football All-America team, which is presented by 777 Partners. The full teams can be viewed at waltercamp.org/2023-walter-camp-preseason-fbs-all-america-teams-presented-by-777-partners.