Josh Allen may need to make room in his trophy by the end of awards season.
The Kentucky linebacker was honored with the Bronko Nagurski Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player in college football.
Allen won the award over a host of top-notch defenders, including multiple SEC defenders. The other finalists included Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, LSU safety Grant Delpit, Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins and Alabama nose guard Quinnen Williams.
Allen already was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and named an All-American by Pro Football Focus.
Allen, who is 6-foot-5, 260-pound, led the SEC with 14 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles to go with his team-high 84 total tackles. He broke the Kentucky single-season and career sacks record (28.5) already this season.
This could be one of many awards for Allen.
He’s a finalist for several major awards, including the Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), 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.
Senior linebacker @JoshAllen41_ has been named the winner of the @NagurskiTrophy awarded to the nation’s top defensive player! We are so proud! He’s the first winner of this award in school history! #GetUp pic.twitter.com/g0bFLeP2M1
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 4, 2018