Allen and Stallings receive SEC honors for second time


Josh Allen makes a tackle during the game against Central Michigan on Saturday, September 1, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Chase Phillips | Staff

For the second time this season, UK football’s Josh Allen and Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings have garnered SEC recognition for their play in between the white lines.

Allen earned his second SEC Defensive Player of the Week distinction after he led the Cats’ defense, holding No. 14 Mississippi State to only seven points on Saturday. He totaled six tackles, two for loss, one sack, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. He was in the backfield constantly against the Bulldogs and made his presence felt.

Stallings was declared the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for Week 4, grading at 93 percent against the Bulldogs. Stallings totaled four knockdown blocks and 21 blocks at the point of attack. He never committed a penalty throughout the game, and never allowed a quarterback sack. He missed no assignments. Stallings was also one of the lead blockers on each of UK star running back Benny Snell’s four touchdowns.

Both players received the same distinctions for their Week 2 performances against No. 25 Florida, another upset of a ranked opponent.

The Cats will be back in action on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET against South Carolina.