University of Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen has been named the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is presented to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year.
Allen, a senior from Montclair, New Jersey, has been a pass rush terror so far this season. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK's career and single-season records. His 11 career forced fumbles tie former Wildcat and current Chicago Bear linebacker Danny Trevathan for UK's career mark (forced fumbles stats available since 1988). He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the Southeastern Conference in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5).
Allen is UK's first Nagurski Award winner and the SEC's third, joining Georgia's Champ Bailey (1998), LSU's Glenn Dorsey (2007) and Alabama's Jonathan Allen (2016).
Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker, was named the Lott Trophy Player of the Week three times during the season, the first player to win the POW award three times since Manti Te'o of Notre Dame in 2012.
Allen's honors add to a growing list of postseason accolades as he has already received the Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, was first-team All-America by Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sports Illustrated, and TheAthletic.com, and was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press and SEC coaches. He was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year), the Walter Camp National Player of the Year and the Dick Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker).