How about some good news? Mark Stoops and Josh Allen were just voted SEC Coach and Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. Earlier this week, they received the same awards from the Associated Press, making it a clean sweep.
Stoops led the Cats to a 9-3 record this regular season, 5-3 in conference play, both bests for the program since 1977. While he’s the fourth Kentucky coach to be named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, he’s only the second to be voted Coach of the Year by his colleagues. The other was Blanton Collier in 1954.
Allen, who was named winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for nation’s top defensive player earlier this week, set the school record for career sacks (28.5) and single-season sacks (14). He led the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5), and forced fumbles (5). He’s also tied for first on Kentucky’s all-time career forced fumbles list with 11.
Congrats to both, and thanks to the SEC for the timing. We needed that.