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)
2019 Season Outlook
Austin Allen is poised to make a big impact for the Huskers in 2019 after contributing as a redshirt freshman in 2018. The 6-8 tight end creates a matchup problem for opposing defenses, as he averaged 27 yards per catch on his two receptions in 2018.
In the classroom, Allen was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2018. He is also a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, earning a spot on the honor roll every semester of his career.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Allen played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman as a key member of Nebraska’s tight end corps. Along with adding perimeter blocking for a Husker run game that was the third-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 catch before adding a 41-yard reception the next week at No. 8 Ohio State. Allen’s catch at Ohio State marked the longest reception by a Husker tight end in three seasons.
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)
Allen was regarded as the consensus top prospect in the state of Nebraska in the 2017 recruiting class. A three-time first-team all-district selection, Allen had his senior season limited by injury. Before being injured, Allen showed his skills on both sides of the ball for Coach Kyle Peterson by 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 also saw significant time as a sophomore, 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, averaging 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 and ESPN. He 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. He has volunteered his time with the FCA, Husker Heroes, the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.