All practices for the first two weeks are open to the public.
It is the first time in the program's FBS history they have been a preseason favorite.
Brandon Doughty, the reigning C-USA MVP, was voted as the 2015 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by league head coaches.
2015 Doak Walker Award Watch List
CAREER GAME HIGHS:
Allen was granted a medical hardship waiver to restore his senior year of eligibility for 2016-17
2015 (Sr.): Allen entered the season with high expectations and lived up to those expectations early on, rushing for 137 yards on 27 total carries with a pair of touchdowns while also catching five passes for 72 yards. However, the senior running back was lost for the season against Louisiana Tech with a knee injury. He was granted a medical hardship waiver to recover the season of eligibility on March 1, 2016.
2014 (Jr.): Allen led Conference USA and ranked seventh nationally with 2,018 yards from scrimmage during his junior season. He set both C-USA and WKU single-game rushing records vs. Army, rushing for 345 yards, at the time ranking as the 16th highest single-game rushing output in FBS history. Allen finished off the 2014 season with 1,542 rushing yards, ranking him third in C-USA and 18th nationally. Allen, Boise State’s Jay Ajayi and Miami’s Duke Johnson were the only three players in the FBS to post 1,500 rushing yards and 400 receiving yards. Allen tallied six 100-yard performances in 2014, and had a pair of 200-yard performances—one of which was a 237-yard effort in a win at No. 19 Marshall. Allen posted 1,011 scrimmage yards (750 rushing) and eight touchdowns during the season-ending five-game winning streak.
2013 (So.): Allen rushed for 357 yards on 72 carries with five touchdowns as the primary back-up to All-American Antonio Andrews. He added 202 yards on 22 receptions and was the only true running back to catch a touchdown pass. Allen’s best performance was a 10-carry, 92-yard showing in the season opener against Kentucky when he also scored his first touchdown of the season. In the second week of the season, he had a 13-carry game against Tennessee to set his high-water mark for the season while his season-high for receiving yards was a three-catch, 46-yard day against Louisiana-Lafayette.
2012 (Fr.): Allen became WKU’s No. 2 option at running back in his true freshman season, finishing second on the team in rushing yards (317), yards per game (28.8) and yards per carry (5.7). He saw action in 11-of-13 games, leading the Hilltoppers in carries during their first two contests. Allen debuted with immediate impact against Austin Peay on Sept. 1, leading WKU with 93 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He toted the rock a team-high 11 times at top-ranked Alabama on Sept. 8, totaling 28 yards on the day. He carried the ball six times for 20 yards in win at Kentucky on Sept. 15. Allen posted a career-high 132 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries against Southern Miss on Sept. 22. He rushed four times for eight yards in conference-opening win at Arkansas State on Sept. 29. Allen gained 37 yards on nine carries versus ULM on Oct. 20, the second-highest rushing total on the team.
HS/Misc.: Allen was rated as a two-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, helping lead Manatee High to a 2011 Class 7A Florida State Championship, totaling over 130 yards from scrimmage in the state title game. He served as a dual-threat running back in his senior season, finishing the year with 834 yards on 161 carries to go along with 36 receptions for 336 yards. He averaged over five yards per carry while finding the end zone 10 times on the ground. He also had a pair of receiving touchdowns, averaging over nine yards per reception. Allen was named a running back on the South roster in the Florida FACA North-South All-Star Game, scoring the team’s first touchdown of the game on a four-yard reception in the first half. He also earned Honorable Mention All-State honors to go along with First-Team All-Area honors.
SCHOOL RECORDS HELD BY LEON ALLEN (1)