Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen probably won’t be winning the Heisman Trophy, but the senior has had a remarkable season, putting his name into that conversation at times by leading an impressive Crimson Tide defensive unit.
And there’s no doubt that Allen has been one of the best players in college football this season — and he likely should be a fairly high selection in next year’s NFL Draft.
In this week’s ESPN coaches poll, coaches from around the country were asked to vote on the best players not named Lamar Jackson (the Louisville quarterback who is the favorite to win the Heisman). Allen was the lone SEC representative in the Top 5, coming in at fifth behind Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Washington’s Jake Browning, and Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook.
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Allen has 52 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss and seven sacks, as well as a pair of fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown. He has made incredible “Superman-like” plays, and was recently named a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.
Now, Allen is looking to lead Alabama to an SEC championship, followed by a repeat national title. The Crimson Tide play Florida on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET in Atlanta for the SEC title.
The undefeated, top-ranked Alabama squad should earn the top seed in the College Football Playoff with a win over the Gators.