When national media talks about the dominant defensive linemen in the SEC, it’s usually Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett or Tennessee’s Derek Barnett that flow off the tongue first. And for good reason, they’re incredibly talented players who are likely to be top-tier NFL draft picks in the not-so-distant future.
But the guy that everyone seems to gloss over, or at least did in the past, is Alabama DE Jonathan Allen.
The Crimson Tide star is well-known around the league, but he’s still working on that national perception. The reputation is growing quickly, and the national media is taking note.
After reviewing Allen’s performance against Texas A&M, which included Allen’s second defensive touchdown of the season and perhaps the most exciting sack of the college football season, several national writers are including Allen for Heisman Trophy consideration.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd listed Allen as one of his top five Heisman candidates following Week 8.
Filed to CBS Sports, Week 8 Heisman Watch: 1. L Jackson;
2. J Browning; 3. B Mayfield;
4. L Fournette; 5. Jonathan Allen, Alabama.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) October 23, 2016
ESPN.com’s Alex Scarborough penned an article that made the case for Allen’s worthiness of consideration for college football’s top honor.
From last night: Jonathan Allen is the star of a star-studded Bama defense.
(PS: Why no Heisman buzz?)https://t.co/zPhGRGRZpr
— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) October 23, 2016
But you can call it the latest in a series of moments that should have Allen in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
No, he’s not a name that we’ve heard in the mix to this point — not even a whisper. But consider this: He’s arguably the best player on the best team in the country, has six sacks despite being a guy who can also play the run and has even found the end zone a few times.
If the award is supposed to go to the best player regardless of position, then why not show the big men in the trenches some love? On a day in which everyone focused on Texas A&M’s star defensive end, Myles Garrett, it was Allen who stole the show.
Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee is another media member on the “Allen for Heisman” train after Saturday:
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 23, 2016
While a defensive end winning the award seems like a long shot, the discussion is starting. And that’s really all Allen and Alabama fans can ask for at this point.