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Josh Allen wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year

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Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen has won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for National Defensive Player of the Year.

With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, Allen was named the nation’s top defensive player over Michigan’s Devin Bush, LSU’s Grant Delpit, Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams.

The award was announced this evening at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Past recipients include Bradley Chubb (NC State), Jonathan Allen (Alabama), Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh), and Manti Te’o (Notre Dame), among others.

Allen is Kentucky’s first Nagurski Award winner and just the fourth SEC player to ever win, joining Georgia’s Champ Bailey (1998), LSU’s Glenn Dorsey (2007), and Alabama’s Jonathan Allen (2016).

As National Defensive Player of the Year, Allen also becomes Kentucky’s first College Football major trophy winner since Bob Gain won the Outland Trophy in 1950.

This afternoon, Allen was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous AP All-SEC first-team selection.

The senior pass rusher is also a finalist for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year, the Butkus Award (nation’s best linebacker), the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive player of the year) and Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end of the year).

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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45 Comments for Josh Allen wins Bronko Nagurski Trophy for Defensive Player of the Year



  1. friendsofcoal
    10:36 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats Josh…well earned!



  2. UKFan7787
    10:36 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats. Keep making Kentucky proud!



  3. CatsfaninFL
    10:36 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Bam!



  4. henderblue
    10:36 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Awesome. Congratulations Josh Allen. Well deserved!!



  5. maximumscott
    10:37 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    He should get all of those awards.



  6. Parker_UKFanNC
    10:38 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    That award ceremony lasted forever. Glad it was well worth the wait for Josh. Well deserved and just highlights what an incredible story he’s had.



    • dballrb
      1:37 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.Josh,Its been a real Joy watching you play..You deserve not only this award, but I have a feeling more are coming your way..You were hungry and you ate..Beast on the field..If you’re not chosen AP first team all American.Then the voters don’t know the game..One more game big fella.We go no better than 7-6 record w/o you..Stoops has a problem plugging the hole that will be left after Y’all put the Smack down Penn St. Talent knows talent,you have changed the way Kentucky football has been thought of ..All Spades all day!!! I hope that the T.B Bucs have a chance to draft you.



  7. jrdh13
    10:38 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    I guess this is all new to us, so theres 3 of the same exact award? The chuck, lott impact, and the bronko?



  8. BigBlueBass
    10:39 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    THATS AWESOME



  9. davis2319
    10:39 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    The Kentucky football GOAT



  10. gasman01
    10:43 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Hope we see him in one more game!! Let the Big Ten see him in action.



  11. SuperTroy18
    10:43 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    He has absolutely changed the program. Could not be more proud of this guy.



  12. Smyrna_Cat
    10:43 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    This is huge!! Good on you Josh Allen!!!!!!



  13. bigbluebanana
    10:44 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Wow! I love UK and our players, this is great news! Go Big Blue.



  14. joe_finebomb
    10:50 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Love it. Just imagine the stats he would have got had he not been held on every single play that was never called. Lol



  15. J-Dub421
    10:54 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Well deserved.



  16. Paperbagface
    11:05 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Get ready to put his name in Commonwealth…



  17. damage_control
    11:35 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    2 star to top 10 pick- that’s the level of player development you don’t find most places. Undoubtedly most of the credit goes to Allen for being dedicated beyond belief but it can’t hurt in recruiting either!



  18. paulfinebaumsears
    11:40 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Well deserved. I read somewhere he was a 2* recruit and also that WCS played football in HS. Way to go Josh!!!



  19. BigolBlue
    11:44 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    Kid is a dominant force that is a once in a lifetime defensive player for UK



  20. BigolBlue
    11:45 pm December 3, 2018 Permalink

    The fact that he put 60 lbs on is super impressive from a mass gained perspective. Lot of time in the gym and dieting.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:51 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      Holy sh!t did bigolblue just post two back to back positive comments? Prepare yourselves people, the end is near!



    • Booby Petrino
      8:17 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      4ever I’m not so sure that first ‘positive’ comment wasn’t backhanded. once in a lifetime for uk, suggesting we will not have defensive talent like that again.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:35 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      Good point Booby, even the hint of a positive from this [email protected]@ss caught me off guard. Thanks for pointing that out.



    • Booby Petrino
      8:47 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

      still tho, same could be said for just 1 positive comment from him…what is the world coming to? lol



  21. Dowser
    12:35 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Now THAT deserved a notification!… MEOW!



  22. Jiminy Crickets
    12:44 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Happy for him, he earned it, well deserved



  23. Jesus H. Chrysler
    1:08 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    #41DPOY



  24. JASUN74
    1:47 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Congratulations Josh. WOW. We’re very proud of you for all you’ve gave to this Football program, but even more proud of the young man you’ve become off the field. You’re a great roll model for the entire world, and parents and kids would be smart to look at what you’ve done, and how hard work an determination will take you far in life if you truly want to better yourself. Thanks for the Memories my brother, and I wish you everything the world has to offer.



  25. kydrummer
    5:42 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Well deserved!



  26. cats646
    7:21 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Congratulations Josh!!!! Please let us get to watch you one more time wearing that Kentucky across your chest as we physically dominate penn state!!!!



  27. 4everUKblue
    7:52 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats Josh!



  28. Jiminy Crickets
    7:53 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Urban Meyer OUT at Ohio St!!!!



  29. Alleykat16
    7:57 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats to Mr. Allen, and this coaching staff. He deserves every award he gets



  30. KYCat4EVER
    8:05 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    You deserve it Josh! congratulations



  31. Kat4Life
    9:13 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Ya done us proud Josh !!!



  32. John Henry
    9:40 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    This is such an honor and huge for Josh. Well deserved and now he goes down right at the top of our Cats all time greats. It is also great for the program and recruiting. The coaches can go into the home of any 4 or 5 star defensive recruit and say come to UK, you can be the best



  33. ClairsyDarsiy
    10:23 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Go Josh!!!



  34. murphy60
    11:28 am December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Josh, from this fan, thank you. Thank you for choosing us, and grow with not only this team, but state. And as fans, we know we will be watching you on Sunday. And what ever team gets you will see not only are they getting a gifted talent, but they are drafting the whole BBN nation. So when you walk across that stage, we all will be right there with you. Thank you for letting the BBN share your time here



  35. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:14 pm December 4, 2018 Permalink

    Congrats Allen now go and crush State Pen.