Josh Allen – UK beats Missouri 15-14.
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Senior linebacker leads the SEC and ranks in the top three nationally in sacks and forced fumbles

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior Josh Allen has been named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy which is presented to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. The other finalists are Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys and Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.

The 15th annual awards banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. The banquet will be streamed live with Joel Klatt of FOX serving as the master of ceremonies.

Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker has been named the Lott Trophy Player of the Week three times, the first player to win the POW award three times since Manti Te’o of Notre Dame in 2012.

Allen 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).

Other interesting Allen notes:

Interesting Allen notes:

  • Leads the Southeastern Conference with 14 quarterback sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles
  • Tied for the NCAA lead in most forced fumbles, third in sacks and 11th in TFL
  • Broke Kentucky single-season (14) and career records (28.5) for sacks
  • 12 of his 14 sacks have come in the second half, including eight in the fourth quarter
  • First-Team Mid-Season All-America by The Associated Press,, Pro Football Focus and The Athletic
  • Three-time National Defensive Player of the Week
  • Four times SEC Defensive Player of the Week this season, including two wins he clinched with a sack, fumble, and UK recovery on the final possession
  • 84 total tackles, six QB hurries, four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries
  • Current finalist for the Nagurski Trophy, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year

The university of the winner will receive $25,000 for the school’s general scholarship fund with each of the other three finalists getting $5,000 for their school.

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