Making Headway

Vowing to have his senior season finish better than his junior one, defensive tackle Beau Allen is hitting the weight room hard in the offseason while visiting campus, one of which was another Junior Day visit to Wisconsin.

MINNETONKA, Minn. - Junior nose guard Beau Allen has focused his entire offseason on improving himself and his football team for his senior year. Not pleased with the way his junior season ended, Allen is focused on making sure an early exit in the playoff doesn't happen in his final year.

"Individually the season went well for me but as a team we were defeated in the second round by a team we beat twice during the regular season." said Allen.

During the off-season, Allen has been working hard and focusing on making himself better physically and mentally. He's been studying film along with a rigorous work out schedule and playing rugby for the first time.

Allen is still getting offers from several schools on to the ones he already has which include Big Ten schools such as Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin along with prominent programs in Nebraska, Stanford and Notre Dame.

On Saturday, Allen attended his second junior day at Wisconsin, watching the football work during their winter workouts and getting a full tour of Camp Randall and the campus, talking to coaches and having a film session.

"I thought the visit went really well," Allen said. "Watching the team work out and compete was something really unique and it really motivated all the players."

Allen's statistics speak for themselves and the most notable statistic being that last season alone, he achieved a total 51 tackles with 11 of those tackles were for a loss. Of all the offers that Allen has on the table, he clearly is keeping his options open and doesn't have a clear favorite yet.

"I don't have any favorites yet, any one of these schools is a good choice for me," he said. "They all have good football and academic programs that offer great opportunities on and off the field."

Allen feels that he can contribute to a team with his leadership skills and making game-changing plans when they are needed. He will take care of business on the field and will be there for his teammates off the field for any reason. Allen has already attended Minnesota's and Notre Dame's Junior Days.

Allen right now has his mind focused on one thing and that's getting his team to the State Championship next season. In the back of his mind, he's still weighing his options on which school will get a talented player such as Allen.

"As the team captain I have my mind set on improving the team and getting ready for next season," said Allen.

Allen plans to declare for a school at the end of his senior football season next November or December.

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