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Josh Allen made the right decision to return to UK


Kentucky All-SEC junior outside linebacker Josh Allen decided to return to the Wildcats and not enter the NFL Draft. Projections for Allen have varied from the first through the fifth round. Returning for his senior season is the right move. While excelling as a pass rusher, Allen could utilize an extra year to add strength and weight in order to improve his professional status in next year’s draft.

Along with earning First Team All SEC honors by PFF, Josh Allen was named as a Mid-Season All-American. He finished 2018 with 65 total tackles, 7.5 QB sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 interception. Allen has accumulated 14.5 QB sacks in three seasons. Josh Allen will break Oliver Barnett’s UK all-time sack record of 26. Sharpie.

 

Josh Allen Compares to Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter

Dale Zanine, USA TODAY Sports

Allen’s return is similar to Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter who made the same decision a year ago. While the NFL called, Carter returned to Athens and he experienced tremendous success. As a senior, Carter’s total tackles improved to 58 while registering 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 QB sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Josh Allen will be the focus of the Kentucky defense and will receiver numerous preseason accolades. Allen is a pro. I’ve not limited my affinity for his game since National Signing Day as he jumped off the film at me as an undersized defensive end. Since being forced into way too early playing time due to the Jason Hatcher situation; Allen has improved on a weekly basis. His career numbers: 131 tackles, 14.5 QB sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 6 forced fumbles, 4 pass breakups, 8 QB hurries. Kentucky will have a steady, proven defensive leader going into 2018.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

12 responses to “Josh Allen made the right decision to return to UK”

  1. Miller45

    So glad. I said it on one of the other posts but he is making a great investment in himself and can take care of unfinished business. needs to gain some weight and develop skills against the run vs being pass rush specialist. in nfl there will be some schemes I imagine he will be playing zone defense against the pass as well.

  2. johnwall

    Love some good news!

  3. ClutchCargo

    I would love to see him get 12 sacks next season, but I’m not going to write it down with a sharpie.

    1. shepdog3720

      Word

  4. Rembrandt

    This is the right decision for Josh Allen, and shows he is wiser and more patient than a certain Wildcat star who came out too early last year.

    1. cats646

      ^^ very true

    2. Miller45

      ^^^

  5. Solidtilt1

    Great news go bbn!

  6. Alleykat16

    Smart guy that shows me he is in this for the long hall like some other Wildcats that’s in the NFL now. I think this program needs a new strength and weight gain coach

  7. UKFootballYall

    Damn skippy! Great news!

  8. kydrummer

    Great news! Any word on Edwards decision?

  9. notFromhere

    Bam!! Edwards, too!