One of the silver linings to Kentucky’s 34-6 loss to Alabama back on October 1 was the Crimson Tide’s star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen’s praise for the Cats’ physical play. Allen, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year earlier this week, gave Kentucky a reason to hold its head high moving forward.
“That’s probably one of the most physical games I’ve played since I was in college. I have to give Kentucky a lot of credit,” Allen said.
Allen is considered the best defensive player in college football and will likely go in the top three in the 2017 NFL Draft. While in Atlanta for the College Football Awards yesterday, Allen doubled down on his praise for Kentucky, calling the Cats’ offensive line the best he faced all season.
“I got to give it to the whole Kentucky front,” Allen said, via SEC Country. “When I say that was probably the most physical game that I’ve played in this year, I have to give it them. They came with it that game. It kind of caught us by surprise. That was a real physical game.”
In fact, Allen said playing Kentucky was a “wake up call” to the defending national champs’ defensive line.
“Just the determination and the want to. They meant business when they came,” Allen said. “I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. It was a wake-up call upfront that said ‘hey, you got to bring it. These guys are playing. It’s SEC ball now.’”
Remember: Kentucky only loses one starter on the offensive line this year in Jon Toth. The future is bright, indeed.