He may not have won the Heisman, but at least one media outlet is recognizing Jonathan Allen as the best player in college football.
The star defensive end earned the No. 1 spot in ESPN’s ranking of the top 50 players in college football heading into bowl season. The possible top-five draft pick didn’t get invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony. But ESPN still ranked him ahead of Heisman winner Lamar Jackson (3) and finalists Dede Westbrook (2), Deshaun Watson (4), Baker Mayfield (8) and Jabrill Peppers (9).
Allen was ranked third in ESPN’s previous poll.
“If Allen is sour about not getting invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony, here’s his chance to show it,” ESPN’s Alex Scarborough said. “Washington hasn’t seen a defensive lineman with his size (294 pounds) and speed (8.5 sacks, 15 QB hurries, a blocked kick and two defensive touchdowns).”
Despite missing out on the Heisman, Allen earned consensus All-America honors. He also won the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy and the Hendricks Award.
Alabama landed five players on the list and three in the top 10. Butkus Award-winning LB Reuben Foster came in at No. 6, and CB Minkah Fitzpatrick was ranked No. 10.
LB Tim Williams and OT Cam Robinson were No. 21 and No. 22, respectively.
Alabama plays Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31.