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
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.