On his Senior Day, Josh Allen wrote his name in the Kentucky Football history books. With his 26.5th career sack, Allen just broke Oliver Barnett’s all-time record (26 from 1986-89). He also tied Dennis Johnson’s single-season sack record of 12, set back in 2001.
The sack couldn’t have come at a more crucial time. Down eight, Middle Tennessee had all the momentum and went for it on fourth down. Fortunately, Josh Allen was there to greet them.
His day wasn’t done. On the penultimate play of the game, Allen sacked Brent Stockstill to break Johnson’s single-season record. Allen has 13 sacks this season and 27.5 in his career. On top of the two sacks, Allen recorded a career-high 15 tackles.
Allen is a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award (National Defensive Player of the Year) and Butkus Award (National Linebacker of the Year), and a quarterfinalist for Lott IMPACT Trophy as National Defensive Player of the Year. He’s won the SEC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season. He needs 2.5 more sacks to break into the SEC top 10 list for career sacks.
Hard to believe that back in 2015, he was considered only a two-star prospect. This graphic from the SEC Network needs to be a poster in the training facility: