Wisconsin Football: 3 options to replace Chez Mellusi

Sep 11, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Chez Mellusi (6) rushes with the football during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Chez Mellusi (6) rushes with the football during the second quarter against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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CHAMPAIGN, IL – OCTOBER 09: Braelon Allen #0 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CHAMPAIGN, IL – OCTOBER 09: Braelon Allen #0 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs the ball during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2021 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Options for Wisconsin Football to replace Chez Mellusi: Braelon Allen

This is the obvious choice. Braelon Allen has slowly been taking over for the last few weeks and Mellusi’s season-ending injury probably just streamlined him to the top of the depth chart.

Allen is a man among boys on the football field despite being a boy still himself (I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but he’s still just 17-years-old and should be finishing his senior year of high school). Allen has a tremendous blend of speed and power that is evident on every single run. The true freshman is averaging 7.1 yards per carry and has 661 rushing yards on the season.

He still needs to improve his vision and ball control. For a big, strong guy he sure coughs it up a lot. With turnovers a big problem for the Badgers, Allen is going to have to be extra careful with the ball and not give opposing offenses extra chances with good field position.