Michael Allen announced Monday afternoon that he will not play in NC State’s final regular season game against UNC and intends to enter the transfer portal. The sophomore running back was a major member of the Wolfpack backfield rotation.
He announced the news via X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. Allen has already played in 10 games this season, so he is not redshirting this season.
“After much consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided not to participate in the season’s final game,” Allen posted. “I will be entering the transfer portal as a true sophomore at the conclusion of the regular season. Thank you Wolfpack Nation for this opportunity.”
NC State released its weekly depth chart Monday afternoon, and the staff notably removed Allen from the two-deep. True freshman Kendrick Raphael is now listed as the co-starter alongside redshirt junior Delbert Mimms III and former linebacker-turned-fullback Jordan Poole.
During the 2023 season, Allen took 52 carries 251 yards, scoring 1 touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 66 yards. The running back recorded a season-high 70 yards on 9 carries during a 48-41 win over Marshall. Allen only took double-digit carries once this season, recording 10 vs. UVA. He played 15 snaps against both Clemson and Miami.
After leaving the Wake Forest game with an injury, head coach Dave Doeren said Nov. 13 that the sophomore was working out with the team but did not share a definitive update on his health. Allen did not play vs. Virginia Tech, and TheWolfpacker.com did not see him during pregame warmups.
The running back signed with NC State as a four-star recruit out of Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose High. He was the headlining member of the 2022 class, ranked No. 330 nationally and No. 9 in North Carolina. Tennessee, UNC, South Carolina and many others offered him out of high school.
During his freshman year, Allen carved out a role as the season progressed, recording a carry in 6 games. The running back rushed for a career-high 77 yards on 14 attempts against Boston College. He added a 34-yard touchdown reception against Louisville as well, finishing the year with 339 total offensive yards.
Allen is the second running back to decide against participating in the rest of the season, joining Jordan Houston, who redshirted in order to preserve his final season of eligibility. The NCAA football transfer portal officially opens Dec. 4.