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Josh Allen is climbing into the Heisman discussion

Kentucky’s star linebacker is playing out of his mind this season and is starting to earn some Heisman talk.

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Josh Allen is having the season of a lifetime.

The Kentucky Wildcats scored a huge win in the last offseason when Josh Allen decided to return for his senior season. He was projected as a borderline second or third-round pick in last year’s draft and has played his way into an almost surefire first-round draft pick. As the season has gone on, Allen has played better and better.

As a result, he has been named to several postseason award watch lists; and now, his name has made its way into the Heisman conversation at ESPN:

It is notoriously hard for a defensive player to win this award. In fact Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to have won the Heisman in its history.

But Josh Allen is making a strong case to win this year. He has 56 total tackles this season, with 14.5 of those going for a loss. He has recorded 10 sacks and forced five fumbles. He does most of his damage in the second half and is always in the head of the opposing quarterback or lineman facing off against him.

This is definitely a long shot (especially given the strong play of the other names on the list), but if Josh Allen continues to play at the level he is currently, and continues to lead an outstanding Kentucky defensive unit, he will make an extremely convincing argument for him to hoist the Heisman trophy at the end of this year.

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