Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen will not be among the NFL prospects choosing to sit out of a bowl game this bowl season. The Chuck Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award winner and SEC Defensive Player of the Year announced his intention to play in one final game for the Wildcats as Kentucky prepares for the upcoming Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2019.
“I am deeply humbled by the nominations and awards I have received this week,” Allen said in his statement. “I want to thank my coaches and the BBN. I am honored to say we have unfinished business and my teammates and I plan to bring the Citrus Bowl trophy back to Lexington.”
Kentucky has a chance to win a 10th game this season, which would be the first time the Wildcats have hit double-digits in the win column in a single season since 1977. To do that, Allen will hope to help Kentucky win its first bowl game since the 2008 Liberty Bowl as well. Kentucky is 0-2 in bowl games the past two seasons. For Allen to go out a winner would be a special moment for the senior defensive star.
Kentucky faces Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.