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WKU coach Jeff Brohm said multiple guys will have to fill in for Leon Allen, who is sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury

Western Kentucky University football coach Jeff Brohm talks about moving forward after losing top running back Leon Allen last week to a serious knee injury. Brohm said several players will have to step up to replace Allen.

Western Kentucky University coach Jeff Brohm is not expecting one player to replace Leon Allen. The senior standout running back went down last week against Louisiana Tech and suffered a season-ending knee injury.

"I feel awful for Leon Allen," Brohm said on Monday. "It was kind of a freak injury and he's a guy who has worked his tail off his whole life to be a great football player, and he is a great football player. I'm extremely disappointed for him."

Brohm said he's hoping Allen can come back "as good as he was before," for the Toppers with perhaps a medical redshirt season.

But for now the Toppers have to move on without Allen. WKU lists redshirt freshman D'Andre Ferby from Nashville, Tenn., as the No. 1 back. He's a 6-foot-1, 240-pound running back with a ton of potential.

Anthony Davis, a fifth-year graduate transfer from Indiana, is listed as the back up with junior Darmontre Warr listed at No. 3.

"We're just going to have to pick up the pieces and move on," Brohm said. "Guys are going to have to step up. I don't know if one guy can do the things (Allen) can, but we have to get multiple guys ready to go so we can run the football."

Allen had 137 yards rushing and two TDs in two games, while also catching five passes for 72 yards.

In two games, Ferby has carried 16 times for 53 yards and one TD, while Davis carried two times for 29 yards.

Brohm also said Ace Wales, who was expected to be Allen's backup all throughout preseason, is still out with a hamstring injury and likely won't play this weekend. Wales missed the first two games and Brohm said "we're trying to get him back as soon as we can."


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