braelon-allen-td-young-badgers

We’re not sure how Braelon Allen’s time at Wisconsin will turn out but his beginning sure is a fascinating story.

Anyone who has seen Allen’s Twitter feed knows the freshman running back is a workout fiend and, to say the least, quite strong. That’s impressive all on its own. But wait, there’s more.

Allen wasn’t supposed to be in the Badgers’ backfield, a position which Wisconsin has considerable depth. A strong two-way player in high school – he was named to the WFCA all-state team on both offense and defense – linebacker was thought to be the spot for the four-star recruit from Fond du Lac.

Oh, and Allen wasn’t even due to be on campus until 2022, but he reclassified and enrolled in June. This, of course, means he missed spring ball at Wisconsin.

Yet there was Allen playing special teams in the Badgers’ season opener against Penn State. Then last week, with the game against Eastern Michigan well in hand, Allen got some time in the second half on offense. He rushed seven times for 30 yards with a touchdown in which he catapulted himself over the defense, getting flipped but landing in the end zone.

Did we mention Allen is only 17 years old? He won’t turn 18 until January. This isn’t the first time the Badgers have seen someone so young take the field. Leon Jacobs was 17 when he debuted in 2013, although he appeared in just four games at that age as he turned 18 on Oct. 3 that year.

Really, the entire story is incredible and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Here’s the complete rundown of the young Badgers after two games:

"TRUE" FRESHMEN

Braelon Allen, RB
Penn State: 1 tackle (solo)
Eastern Michigan: 7 rush, 30 yards, TD

Ricardo Hallman, CB

Penn State: Did not play

Eastern Michigan: Played, did not record a statistic

Hunter Wohler, S
Penn State: Played, dd not record a statistic
Eastern Michigan: 1 tackle

Have not played

Jackson Acker, RB; Ayo Adebogun, OLB; Markus Allen, WR; Owen Arnett, S; Skyler Bell, WR; JP Benzschawel, OL; T.J. Bollers, OLB; Grover Bortolotti, RB; Jake Chaney, ILB; Deacon Hill, QB; Mike Jarvis, DE; Riley Mahlman, OL; Alex Moeller, WR; Darryl Peterson, OLB; Jack Pugh, TE; Jake Ratzlaff, ILB; Antwan Roberts, RB; Nolan Rucci, OL; Bryan Sanborn, ILB; Garrison Solliday, ILB; Nate Van Zeist, K; Zach Zei, LS.

Out for season

Al Ashford, CB; Duncan McKinley, LS

REDSHIRT FRESHMEN

Haakon Anderson, WR
Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Jalen Berger, RB

Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: 15 rush, 62 yards, TD

Tanor Bortolini, OL
Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Devin Chandler, WR
Penn State: Played, dd not record a statistic
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Max Lofy, CB
Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Jack Nelson, OL
Penn State: Played, dd not record a statistic
Eastern Michigan: Started, did not record a statistic

James Thompson Jr., DE
Penn State: Played, dd not record a statistic
Eastern Michigan: 1 tackle

Jordan Turner, ILB
Penn State: Played, dd not record a statistic
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Trey Wedig, OL
Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: Played, dd not record a statistic

Amaun Williams, CB
Penn State: Did not play
Eastern Michigan: 1 tackle

Have not played
Dylan Barrett, OL; Ben Barten, OL; Ross Gengler, ILB; Kaden Johnson, OLB; Kerry Kodanko, OL; Cam Large, TE; Cade McDonald, DE; Gavin Meyers, K/P; Riley Nowakowski, OLB; Isaac Smith, WR; Sean Timmis, OL; Preston Zachman, S.

Out for season
Cole Dakovich, TE

"TRUE" SOPHOMORES

Chimere Dike, WR
Penn State: 1 rec., 9 yards
Eastern Michigan: 3 rec., 30 yards

Nick Herbig, OLB
Penn State: Started, 3 tackles (3 solo), sack, TFL, QBH
Eastern Michigan: Started, 1 tackle, .5 sack, .5 TFL

Jack Van Dyke, K
Penn State: 3 kickoffs, 1 touchback
Eastern Michigan: 7 kickoffs, 6 touchbacks

Have not played
Aaron Witt, OLB