Kentucky senior linebacker Josh Allen added one more piece of hardware to his 2018 collection on Sunday night when he was named the recipient of this year’s Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The award is presented to college football’s best defensive player who is determined to have the biggest impact on his team based on integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity, as outlined by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation. Allen is the first player from the SEC to win the award, and the fourth overall, since Glenn Dorsey of LSU won the award in 2007. The award was first presented in 2004 to Georgia’s David Pollack and Alabama’s DeMeco Ryans won the award in 2005.
Last week, Allen was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s best defensive player. Allen was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-SEC player. Allen has said he will play in Kentucky’s upcoming Citrus Bowl against Penn State before moving to the NFL.
In addition to Allen winning the award, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will donate $25,000 to the general scholarship fund at the University of Kentucky.