Kentucky senior linebacker and consensus Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference added another top defensive honor on Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Allen was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club.
He was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award along with Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins.
Allen has been nearly unblockable this season with an SEC-best 14 quarterback sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles to go with his team-high 84 total tackles. He owns the UK single-season and career sacks record with 28.5.
Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which also is for the country’s top defensive player, on Monday night during a banquet in Charlotte.
The senior has been a finalist for several major national awards: the Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker), the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s best defensive end) and Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive player of the year). He’s also a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
Ballard linebacker commits
Ballard linebacker Jared Casey, a four -star prospect in the class of 2019, announced his commitment to the Wildcats on Thursday afternoon.
It was some good news for the Cats, who 24 hours earlier lost Western Hills star Wandale Robinson, who flipped his commitment to Nebraska.
Kentucky has coveted Casey, who committed to Oregon in October but backed out following an official visit to UK. He is ranked as the No. 15 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com.
Kentucky’s class has 20 commitments.