Kentucky junior outside linebacker Josh Allen will return for his senior season, he announced Monday on Twitter. Allen was a likely candidate to declare for the NFL draft.
The Montclair, N.J., native had 8.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks this season. Allen was named to the Associated Press All-SEC second team and was a Butkus Award semifinalist. He was tied for sixth in the SEC with just more than half a sack per game.
— Joshua Allen (@Blitzbro_josh) January 8, 2018
“After deep prayers and conversations with my family, coaches, and teammates, I would like to announce that I will be returning for my senior year,” Allen wrote. “Coming back for another year will be the best way for me to grow physically and mentally and prepare for my ultimate goal of playing in the NFL.
“This coming up year will be special for the University of Kentucky football team because we have a plan, not only to win the East, but to win the SEC. Let’s finish what we started.”
The 6-foot-5 and 230-pound junior emerged this season as one of Kentucky’s top defensive players. He started all 13 games after making nine starts as a sophomore.
Allen was a 2-star prospect in high school.
“Excited to get Josh Allen back for his senior season — great teams are built on senior leaders and playmakers!” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops tweeted.
Excited to get Josh Allen back for his senior season–great teams are built on senior leaders and playmakers! https://t.co/rjrOTqpw8F
— Mark Stoops (@UKCoachStoops) January 8, 2018