COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The College Defensive Player of the Year Award is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, College and Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Voters for the Maxwell College Awards are NCAA Head College Football Coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club & sportswriters and sportscasters from across the country.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER…
JOSH ALLEN, OLB, KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Allen, a senior from Montclair, New Jersey, has been a pass rush terror in 2018. 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). He leads the team with 84 tackles and paces the SEC in sacks, tackles for loss (18.5) and forced fumbles (5). Twelve of his 14 sacks have come in the second half of games, including eight in the fourth quarter. In five of UK’s nine wins this season, Allen had a sack late in the fourth quarter that was crucial to the Wildcat victory.
The 2018 Chuck Bednarik Award finalists included:
- Alabama – DT Quinnen Williams
- Clemson – DT Christian Wilkins
- Kentucky – LB Josh Allen