Illinois DC Ryan Walters discusses challenges of facing Wisconsin's Braelon Allen
Illinois is 3-1 headed into a B1G West matchup against Wisconsin on Saturday.
The Badgers shut out the Illini 24-0 in last year’s meeting in Champaign, but with this one being played in Madison, it marks Bret Bielema’s return to Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since his final year with Wisconsin in 2012.
The Illini, though, will have revenge on their minds, and they’ll need to take care of Badgers running back Braelon Allen if they want to come out on top in this one: he went off for 131 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in last year’s game.
“He’s a big, physical runner. The first guy hardly ever brings him down. We’ve got to do a good job of gang tackling and swarming to the football and playing the type of defense we’ve been playing, just continue to get better every day,” Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters said, according to 247Sports.
Allen has seen his sophomore season get off on the right foot, coming off a 23-carry, 165-yard, 1-touchdown performance against Ohio State. He enters Saturday with 497 yards and 6 scores.
“I think he’s good all the time, man,” Walters said. “He’s physically an impressive kid and they feature him a lot. Any time he’s got the ball in his hands, that’s what they want. We’ve got to do a good job of knowing where he’s at and identifying how they’re trying to get him the ball and what type of run game we’re getting on Saturday.”