TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It’s been a great few days for Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.
Allen picked up three major honors this week for his performance in the Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Allen finished the game with 1 sack and a career-high 4 quarterback hurries. He had 6 total tackles, including 3 solo stops. Allen added his second defensive touchdown of the season after he picked up an Aggie fumble and returned it 30 yards for a score late in the third quarter.
Allen was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. On Tuesday, he picked up the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Player of the Week.
Allen’s big day vs. Texas A&M as well as his body of work this season has some mentioning him as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Allen is in the top 10 of ESPN.com’s Heisman tracker. Alabama coach Nick Saban didn’t scoff at the possibility.
“He has a lot of great attributes as a player,” Saban said. “If he continues to finish the year like he’s played all year long — which has been fabulous for us — he’ll get some national accolades. I think the Heisman Trophy is a very coveted award that if you look at it through the years has gone to, for whatever reason, mostly skill players.
“Sometimes lineman get a little left out or overlooked. I’m not saying that will or won’t happen. I hope he does get considered, and I think he would be a great candidate for it.”
Saban coached Alabama’s only two Heisman winners in Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015).
Allen has a team-high 10 quarterback hurries while ranking second in sacks with 6.0 this season. He has also added 6.5 tackles for a loss as part of his 35 total tackles. Allen leads the defense with 2 touchdown scores, both fumble recoveries, and has 2 pass breakups.
Allen’s teammates are also on his Heisman bandwagon.
“I know that would be tough to do, but I definitely think he’s one of the best players in the country,” Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey said. “So if you ask me, he’s definitely up there.”