Unfortunately, it was as bad as it looked.
Late Thursday night, Leon Allen looked as if he had sustained a significant and serious knee injury in Western Kentucky’s win over Lousiana Tech. Sadly that prognosis came to fruition as head coach Jeff Brohm confirmed that the star running back will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
The exact nature of the injury was not revealed.
“He will have the full complement of resources and the total support of our medical team and coaching staff as he goes through the rehabilitation process to return from this injury,” Brohm said in a portion of his statement.
Prior to the injury, Allen had run for 81 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He also had a 53-yard reception.
Allen was far and away the Hilltoppers’ leading rusher in 2014, totaling 1,542 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Those totals for Allen were good for third in Conference USA and 18th nationally.
As Allen has yet to use his redshirt season, he could return to the Hilltoppers in 2016. However, it seems likely that he will rehab the injury and then make himself available for next year’s NFL draft.