Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013)
» Three-Time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
» Pat Clare Award (2013)
Junior Taariq Allen is among a talented group of receivers looking to battle for playing time in the Husker offensive attack in 2014. The 6-3, 200-pound Allen showed great promise as a redshirt freshman in 2012, but suffered a serious knee injury late in the season and was not near full strength until late in the 2013 season.
Allen continued to make progress throughout the offseason and during spring practice. He will enter the fall back at full strength and ready to compete for significant playing time. Allen could provide a big target in a deep receiving corps that returns seven of its top eight players for 2014. Allen is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Allen played in 10 games, including all eight Big Ten Conference games. In addition to providing depth at receiver, Allen also saw action on special teams. He finished the season with three catches for 22 yards, all coming against Michigan State.
2012 (Redshirt Freshman)
Allen played in the first eight games at receiver and on special teams. He caught two passes for 11 yards at Northwestern, highlighted by an eight-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The TD catch pulled Nebraska within five points as the Huskers rallied from a 12-point deficit to win. Allen suffered a knee injury on kickoff coverage the following week against Michigan and missed the rest of the season.
Allen redshirted in his first season in 2011.
Before Nebraska (The Rivers School)
Allen was a standout at the Rivers School in Weston, Mass., where his head coach was Nebraska receivers coach Rich Fisher. Allen was the first Husker signee from Massachusetts since Grant Miller in 2002. Allen was a key factor in 2010 for The Rivers School, which finished 8-1, with its only loss in the Norm Walker Bowl, which determined the independent school state champion.
Allen had 36 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns and had 69 carries for 706 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior. Allen also played defensive back and totaled 60 tackles, four interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery. Allen earned first-team All-New England accolades and first-team all-league honors as a junior after recording more than 600 receiving yards and better than 500 yards on the ground, while combining for 15 touchdowns. He also had two interceptions and two fumbles caused on defense. In addition, Allen was a standout on the basketball court for The Rivers School.
Allen was rated as the fifth-best prospect in Massachusetts by Rivals.com and was among the top 10 recruits in New England according to SuperPrep. Allen only visited NU, but also had offers from Connecticut, Wisconsin and Tulane.
Taariq is the son of Fred and Christy Allen and was born on July 26, 1992. Allen has been active in the community during his time in Lincoln. He has volunteered time with hospital visits, Husker Heroes, Make-a-Wish and Uplifting Athletes. Allen is majoring in child, youth and family sciences, and has been named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll three times.
Allen's Career Statistics