Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Austin Allen played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman as a key member of Nebraska's tight end corps. In addition to adding perimeter blocking for a Husker rushing attack that was the second-most improved attack in the country, Allen caught two passes for 54 yards in 2018. He hauled in a 13-yard reception vs. Bethune-Cookman to record his first career reception before adding a 41-yard catch the next week at No. 8 Ohio State. Allen's catch at Ohio State marked the longest reception by a Husker tight end since 2015.
Allen sat out as a redshirt in his first season in the program but made an impact on both the offensive and special teams scout teams.
Before Nebraska (Aurora HS)
Austin Allen is regarded as the consensus top prospect in the state of Nebraska in the 2017 recruiting class. Allen is a multi-sport standout at Aurora High School who will join the Huskers as a tight end.
The 6-8, 210-pound Allen had his senior season limited by injury, but was part of a Huskie team that posted an 8-3 record and reached the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs. Before being injured, Allen showed his skills on both sides of the ball for Coach Kyle Peterson catching five passes and making five tackles and two sacks.
In his junior season, Allen starred on both offense and defense. He caught 41 passes for 507 yards and eight touchdowns, helping his team to a 12-1 record and a Class B runner-up finish. Allen also made 51 tackles, including five tackles for loss and had five interceptions from his linebacker position. Allen earned first-team Class B all-state honors as a linebacker from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Allen was also a three-time first-team all-district selection and was the honorary captain of the All-Heartland team.
Allen also saw significant time as a sophomore for the Huskies, catching 14 passes and helping his team to a state playoff berth. On the basketball court, Allen was a first-team Class B all-state pick as a junior as he averaged better than 15 points per game. He was an honorable-mention all-state choice as a sophomore.
In addition to being the top ranked player in Nebraska, Allen was ranked among the nation’s top 25 tight ends by both Scout.com and ESPN. Allen only visited Nebraska, but also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, UCLA and UCF.
Austin is the son of Andrew and Renae Allen, and he was born on Nov. 10, 1998. Austin’s father was a walk-on for the football team in 1981, before transferring to Doane College.
Allen is majoring in mechanized systems management and carried a 3.55 grade-point average through the spring semester. Austin is a four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. He was also a member of the Tom Osborne and Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams in 2018 and 2019. He volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.