Josh Allen on his decision 

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UK’s Josh Allen Announces Decision to Return to UK

Junior linebacker looks to add to his career totals of 19.5 TFL and 14.5 sacks

Josh Allen sack, Photo by Brandon Turner

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Junior linebacker Josh Allen, the dynamic pass-rushing linebacker, announced he will return for his senior season, bypassing an opportunity to enter the NFL Draft. Allen had been mentioned as a potential first-round pick by various outlets during the 2017 season, but will be back in Lexington to terrorize opposing quarterbacks in 2018.

“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,” Allen said. “This coming 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.”

Allen led Kentucky in both sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (9.5) in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound product of Montclair, N.J., has developed into one of the best edge rushers in the Southeastern Conference after arriving at UK as a mostly unheralded prospect. He has totaled 19.5 tackles for loss in 38 career games along with 14.5 sacks.

“Excited to get Josh Allen back for his senior season – great teams are built on senior leaders and playermakers,” head coach Mark Stoops said.

Allen was named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and was a third-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele. He also was named a second-team defense midseason All-American by the AP and Sports Illustrated.

Mike Edwards on his decision 

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UK’s Mike Edwards Bypasses NFL Draft, Returns for Senior Season

Play-making safety has started 31 games in a row

Mike Edwards, Photo by Brandon Turner

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Star safety Mike Edwards has elected to bypass an opportunity to enter the NFL Draft and return for his senior season at Kentucky. Edwards announced his decision Tuesday afternoon on his Twitter account.

“I want to get better prepared for the NFL and improve physically and mentally,” Edwards wrote. “I’m also happy about the decision to return because I’m on track to graduate in December! Now it’s time to go win the SEC East!”

Edwards has been among UK’s steadiest and best defensive performers since becoming a starter for the final five games of his redshirt freshman campaign in 2015. He led the team in tackles (97) and interceptions (four) as UK reached a bowl for the second straight season in 2017, becoming just the fourth Wildcat to accomplish that feat. He was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference by Phil Steele after receiving second-team honors from the Associated Press as a sophomore.

“Great to have Mike coming back,” Mark Stoops tweeted. “Another senior leader and big-play performer for our defense!

A native of Cincinnati, Edwards came to Kentucky ranked a four-star prospect by Rivals and Scout. He has backed up those rankings by starting UK’s last 31 games. Edwards’ return continues a run of good news on that front for UK, as tight end C.J. Conrad and linebacker Josh Allen preceded him in deciding to play their senior seasons in Lexington.


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