Defensive Rookie of the Year? Former Kentucky star Josh Allen ties all-time Jaguars record against Bengals
Josh Allen departed the Kentucky Wildcats as one of the best defensive players, and best all-around players, the program has ever seen. His 31.5 sacks not only ranked 1st in Wildcats history but placed him in the top 10 all-time among SEC players. It’s no surprise he was taken No. 7 overall by Jacksonville in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Despite a slow season for the Jaguars—who entered Sunday’s game against the Bengals at 2-4—Allen has been doing his part to make an early mark in his professional career. He’s well on his way to doing that, earning his 5th NFL sack by getting to Andy Dalton with just under 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter in Cincinnati.
You can check out the play of Allen sacking Dalton below:
JOSH ALLEN WITH THE SACK.
Its all in the hips baby pic.twitter.com/ugxEsmE8aT
— Laurie Fitzpatrick (@LaurieFitzptrck) October 20, 2019
That sack came with a little historical significance for Allen, who has now tied the mark for most sacks recorded through 7 career games played with the franchise. He joins another former SEC player, Jaguars great and ex-Tennessee John Henderson, who ended his rookie campaign with 6.5 sacks and totaled 29.0 with the Jaguars during his 8 seasons there.
Hopefully for Allen, his quick start is foreshadowing for a long and successful NFL career.