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Badgers RB Braelon Allen declares for the 2024 NFL Draft

The Badgers top running back is forgoing his senior season and going to the NFL.

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Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen is forgoing his senior season and declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft, he announced on Tuesday.

One of the best running backs in Badgers history, Allen sprung onto the scene as a 17-year old freshman, rushing for 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns on 6.8 yards per carry in 2021.

From there, Allen cemented himself as the lead back at Wisconsin, rushing for 1,242 yards and 11 touchdowns on 5.4 yards per carry in 2022 before finishing with 984 yards and 12 touchdowns on 5.4 yards per carry in 2023.

Allen finishes his career ranked ninth in Badgers history with 3,494 rushing yards and 11th in touchdowns at 35.

A four-star recruit in the Class of 2021, Allen initially committed to play safety at Wisconsin, but moved to running back where he ultimately had a strong career, joining a long list of talented Badgers running backs.

Throughout his career, Allen has battled various injuries, but played in 35 of a possible 38 games over a three-year period, including his potential final game at Minnesota, where he admittedly wasn’t 100 percent healthy, but still managed to churn out 165 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

With the announcement, Allen becomes the first Badgers player to declare for the 2024 NFL Draft this season.