Millville, NJ High School Grad Excels In College Football
The 2023 College Football Regular season ended this past weekend and one South Jersey High School graduate ended a tumultuous year on a high note on Saturday.
Millville High School Graduate and Syracuse Running Back LeQuint Allen Jr. had a career-high 144 Rushing Yards in Saturday's 35-31 win over Wake Forrest. This was Allen's fourth straight game with over 100 Rushing Yards and his seventh game with 100+ Rushing Yards this season. Despite a rollercoaster year, Allen finished his sophomore season with 1,062 Rushing Yards which was third-most in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year.
In February of this year, LeQuint Allen Jr was informed that he was being investigated by the Syracuse Office of Community Standards for an on-campus incident that happened in December. Just a couple days later, the Running Back's father was murdered after he walked away from a verbal dispute and was shot in the back. Allen Jr was initially suspended for the entire 2023 College Football season but thanks to eyewitness testimony at a successful appeal hearing, the Running Back was allowed to return to classes for the Fall Semester and play this season.
If that wasn't enough chaos for LeQuint Allen Jr's life this year, Syracuse University fired Head Football Coach Dino Babers after the team's loss to Georgia Tech on November 18th. Babers had been the Head Coach of Syracuse Football for eight seasons but the school's administration decided they would not let him finish coaching this season.
Thanks to LeQuint Allen Jr's 144 Rushing Yards this past Saturday, Syracuse has qualified to play in a Bowl Game next month, which will be officially announced on December 3rd. Syracuse played in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl last year in which Allen Jr had 94 Rushing Yards and 60 Receiving Yards even though the Orangemen lost to the University of Minnesota.
During his Senior Year at Millville High School, LeQuint Allen Jr had the Most Rushing Yards (1,905) and Rushing Touchdowns (22) of all players on Cape Atlantic League Football Teams in 2021. Allen will be entering his Junior Season as Syracuse leading Running Back next year and we will find out what his potential may be as prospect for the NFL. But for now, Allen has one more game to play next month.
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