UK’s Allen ranked among na­tion’s best

Lexington Herald-Leader - - Sports - BY JOSH SUL­LI­VAN jsul­li­[email protected]­

An­other day, an­other ac­co­lade for Josh Allen.

On Wed­nes­day the web­site Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus named the for­mer Univer­sity of Ken­tucky star line­backer No. 4 on its list of the 101 best play­ers in col­lege foot­ball this past sea­son. Alabama de­fen­sive line­man Quin­nen Wil­liams topped the list. Round­ing out the top five were Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Kyler Mur­ray of Ok­la­homa (No. 2), Clem­son de­fen­sive line­man Chris­tian Wilkins (No. 3) and Clem­son quar­ter­back Trevor Lawrence (No. 5).

Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus does in-depth anal­y­sis of ev­ery player in the NFL and pro­vides cus­tom­ized data to all 32 teams in the league. It be­gan col­lect­ing data on all FBS col­lege play­ers in 2014.

In its anal­y­sis of Allen, pro Foot­ball Fo­cus noted that “he was far and away the best pass-rusher this sea­son re­gard­less of po­si­tion but that’s not even the half of what he did well. He dropped back in cov­er­age with great suc­cess (81.9 grade) and made 51 to­tal de­fen­sive stops and missed just four tack­les out of 69 at­tempts. All in all, Allen’s per­for­mance not only ce­mented him as the best edge de­fender this sea­son, but it also vaulted him up draft boards and should make him more than a rec­og­niz­able fig­ure come (April’s NFL Draft).”

Allen was one of 19 play­ers from the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence to make the list, though he was the only player from UK. Pur­due fresh­man Ron­dale Moore, who starred at Trin­ity in Louisville as a se­nior, was No. 33.

Of Moore’s per­for­mance, Pro Foot­ball Fo­cus said: “Was there a more im­pres­sive dis­play as a dy­namic play­maker than Moore’s? The an­swer there is no. Moore paced the Pur­due of­fense to new heights in 2018 and led the na­tion’s re­ceivers with 892 yards af­ter the catch and 36 missed tack­les forced af­ter the re­cep­tion.”

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