ATLANTA — Alabama football defensive lineman Jonathan Allen won the 2016 Chuck Bednarik Award at the College Football Awards show on Thursday night.
The Bednarik is presented annually to college football’s defensive player of the year. Allen won the award of Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers. Allen is the first Bednarik Award winner in Alabama history.
Allen, a senior from Virginia, is one of the Crimson Tide’s top defensive players and leaders.
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Allen and top-ranked Alabama are back in the College Football Playoff for the third straight season. The Crimson Tide faces No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl semifinal on Dec. 31.
Allen may end up having a full trophy case before the award circuit is over.
Allen won the 2016 Nagurski Trophy, which is given to the national defensive player of the year.
Allen is the first player in Alabama history to win the award. Teammate Reuben Foster also was a finalist for the award.
“I was a little bit surprised. I’m not gonna lie to you,” Allen said of winning the Nagurski. “There’s so much talent there. I didn’t know what was going to happen. I was surprised definitely, but thankful and just excited.”
Earlier this week, Allen was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year. He took home the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s top collegiate defensive end) and the Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year).
Allen is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Allen was a force on an Alabama defense that leads the nation in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and defensive touchdowns. Allen leads Alabama in quarterback hurries (15) and is tied for the team lead with 8.5 sacks to go with 13 tackles for loss. Allen returned a team-leading 2 fumble recoveries for 2 touchdowns. Allen’s 26.5 careers sacks places him second on Alabama’s all-time list behind former Crimson Tide star and NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas.