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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Bronko Nagurski Trophy Edition

Kentucky’s Josh Allen wins the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for best defensive football player in America. He’s also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end in America.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

The big news of today is all football: Kentucky’s Josh Allen wins the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in college football.

From the Football Writers Association announcement:

Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen was named the recipient of the 2018 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night before a sold-out banquet crowd of 1,200 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Allen, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound linebacker from Montclair, N.J., accepted the award given to the best defensive player in college football and becomes Kentucky’s first major award winner since Bob Gain won the Outland Trophy in 1950.

That’s a long time between major football awards, and I admit a talent for understatement. I can’t even wrap my mind around how big this is for Kentucky football, and what this says about the ability of Mark Stoops & Co. to develop underrated talent. Allen came to Kentucky rated a 2-star by most services.

If that isn’t enough for you, most of us still remember Jadeveon Clowney when he played for South Carolina and blew up the Internet on a weekly basis with his play. He won the Ted Hendricks award as the best defensive end (an award that Allen is a finalist and must now be considered the favorite for) but even Clowney did not win the Nagurski Trophy.

There are a lot of things to be proud of this season, and Josh Allen is certainly one of them.

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Amen, brother Tom.

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But the champion for the most disappointing of all, is Louisville. Louisville’s number was seven, and it finished with just two wins!

Ah, schadenfreude. How sweet it feels.

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