The University of Kentucky Wildcats seemingly came out of nowhere this year to become one of the best teams in the nation. Finishing the season ranked at No. 14 in the country, the Wildcats had an excellent season, largely in part due to the emergence of Josh Allen.

The senior linebacker had a phenomenal season that has culminated in him being named the Chuck Bednarik defensive player of the year.

​​Allen will add this to his swiftly growing collection of awards that will now include the Bednarik defensive player of the year award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, and the first ever consensus SEC defensive player of the year award.

Allen is being projected by many to be a top-five pick in this year's draft and it is clear to see why. The former low-ranked recruit has done nothing but improve and help his team win, both appealing traits to​ NFL scouts.

Regardless of whether or not he elects to play in the Wildcats upcoming bowl game against Penn State, ​Kentucky fans should be more than happy with what Allen has contributed to the program, as he has spurred the success of what has become one of the best programs in college football.