It was another rough day for the Nebraska football program as they lost to their rivals once again. The Iowa Hawkeyes may have bested the Huskers, however there were some positives in this one.
Tight end Austin Allen managed to set some history in this contest. For the day, he caught only two passes for 55 yards. However, those yards represented a record. With those 55 yards, he set a single-season yards record for a Nebraska tight end. With 574 yards on the season, he is now officially etched into the Nebraska football history books.
In total, he recorded 65 receptions for 947 yards and three touchdowns. All things considered, he did not have a bad Nebraska football career. Friday’s game just gave him one last chance to show the talent he could bring to the table.
He showed what he was good at in this game, managing to haul in some deep throws. The vertical type of game is what he is best that, and that should translate well to the NFL. Hopefully, he will be able to find a team that allows him to play to his strengths. Nebraska did that towards the end of his collegiate career. if only they did that when he first came to Lincoln.
When you think about who is coming up in terms of tight and talent, they will certainly have to fill the void left by Allen. They certainly have the talent to do so. However, his upperclassman leadership will definitely be missed. He was a favorite target of the quarterbacks this year, and it was certainly for good reason.
It’s kind of unfortunate that his final Nebraska football game will be a loss, but he certainly made the most of his opportunities.
Allen’s statistics on Friday reflected that. He may not have gotten many opportunities, but when he did he made the most of them. I am thrilled that I got to see him play a Nebraska football uniform and I certainly wish him the best. I’m happy he was able to end on a statistical high note.