LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky senior Josh Allen has been named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy which is presented to the college football defensive IMPACT player of the year. IMPACT is an acronym for: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity. The other finalists are Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven, Duke linebacker Ben Humphreys and Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.
The 15th annual awards banquet will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, California. The banquet will be streamed live with Joel Klatt of FOX serving as the master of ceremonies.
Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker has been named the Lott Trophy Player of the Week three times, the first player to win the POW award three times since Manti Te’o of Notre Dame in 2012.
Allen has been a pass rush terror so far this season. With 28.5 career sacks and 14 sacks in 2018, he now holds UK’s career and single-season records. His 11 career forced fumbles tie former Wildcat and current Chicago Bear linebacker Danny Trevathan for UK’s career mark (forced fumbles stats available since 1988).