Honors & Awards
» Team Captain (2021)
» Big Ten Tight End of the Year (2021)
» First-Team All-Big Ten (2021, Media)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (2021, Coaches)
» Mackey Award Watch List (2021)
» Nebraska Offensive MVP (2021)
» Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2022)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021; Spring 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)

Nebraska Records
» Single-Game Receiving Yards by a Tight End (143 at Wisconsin, Nov. 20, 2021)
» Season Receptions by a Tight End (38 in 2021)
» Season Receiving Yards by a Tight End (602 in 2021)
» Season 100-Yard Receiving Games by a Tight End (2 in 2021)

The 2021 Big Ten Tight End of the Year, Austin Allen started all 12 games in a record-breaking final season at Nebraska. He caught 38 passes for 602 yards, the most season receptions and season receiving yards by a tight end in Nebraska history. Allen ranked second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving yards per game (50.2) in 2021. 

In the regular season, Allen led all Big Ten tight ends and ranked 13th nationally among tight ends in receiving yards. His average of 15.8 yards per reception also led all Big Ten tight ends and ranked sixth nationally among all tight ends. In addition to winning the Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Award, Allen earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media.

Allen had two catches for 23 yards at Illinois before recording four catches for 61 yards against Fordham. Allen had an eight-yard reception on Nebraska's opening possession against Buffalo, but suffered an injury on the play and did not return. Allen returned the next week to catch six passes for 43 yards at No. 3 Oklahoma, setting a then-career high in receptions. At No. 20 Michigan State, Allen had four catches for 28 yards. He saw his streak of 13 consecutive games with a reception snapped in the win against Northwestern, but his perimeter blocking helped the Huskers rush for 427 yards. Allen caught two passes for 59 yards against No. 9 Michigan, including a 46-yard touchdown that marked the longest reception of his career. He had a career day at Minnesota, catching five passes for a then-career-high 121 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown grab. Allen's 121 receiving yards were the sixth-highest total by a tight end in school history and marked the first 100-yard receiving game by a Husker tight end since 2017. Allen had three catches for 28 yards against Purdue. He caught two passes for 33 yards against No. 6 Ohio State.

At No. 19 Wisconsin, Allen set career highs with seven catches and 143 receiving yards. His 143 receiving yards were the most by a tight end in school history, and his seven catches gave him the Nebraska season record for receptions by a tight end. Allen closed his career with two catches for 55 yards against No. 17 Iowa, setting the Nebraska season record for receiving yards by a tight end.

2020 (Junior)
Allen played in all eight games with seven starts in 2020. He had 18 receptions and 236 receiving yards, eclipsing his career totals entering the year in both categories. Allen, who had at least one reception in every game, also caught the first touchdown pass of his career in 2020. Allen ranked second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, and his average of 13.1 yards per catch was the highest of any Husker with more than five receptions.

Allen had two catches for 30 yards in the opener at No. 5 Ohio State. He caught a 26-yard pass that was Nebraska’s longest reception of the game. He started Nebraska’s next game at Northwestern and caught two passes for 29 yards, including a 25-yard reception. Allen had three receptions in the win over Penn State, totaling 39 yards. He caught a 25-yard pass against the Nittany Lions, giving him a catch of 25 yards or longer in each of the first three games. Allen had a then-career-high five receptions for a career-high 43 yards against Illinois. He had 28 receiving yards on two catches at Iowa and had a 37-yard catch at Purdue. 

After having at least 25 receiving yards in the first six games of the season - the longest streak by a Husker tight end in more than a decade - Allen caught an eight-yard touchdown pass against Minnesota, his first career touchdown and his only catch of the game. He helped Nebraska win at Rutgers in the final game by catching two passes for 22 yards.

2019 (Sophomore)
Allen played in every game as a sophomore, including the first five starts of his career (Colorado, Illinois, Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa). He caught seven passes for 83 yards, five more receptions than he had as a redshirt freshman. Allen posted his first catch of the season with an eight-yard reception in the season opener against South Alabama, and he had a career-high two catches against No. 5 Ohio State. Allen hauled in a 24-yard reception against Northwestern. He added a nine-yard catch against Indiana and had a five-yard reception against No. 15 Wisconsin. Allen had his longest reception of the season with a 30-yard catch at Maryland.

Allen also made significant contributions in a win over Northern Illinois even though he did not have a catch. He recovered a fumble on special teams to set up a Husker touchdown and had a tackle to stuff a fake punt attempt short of the first-down line. 

2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Allen played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman as a key member of the 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 for his first career catch before adding a then-career-long 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.

2017 (Redshirt)
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 earned his bachelor's degree as a mechanized systems management major at Nebraska in May of 2021. Allen has volunteered his time with local hospital and school outreach, the FCA, the Buffett Cancer Center, Husker Heroes, the Black History Arts Showcase and the Nebraska Football Road Race.