For the first time since 1951, two University of Kentucky football players have been named to The Associated Press All-America First Team in the same season.
Right guard Bunchy Stallings and linebacker Josh Allen both were named to the team, announced Monday. They are the first Cats duo to earn the honors in the same season since quarterback Babe Parilli and center Doug Moseley were picked in 1951.
Stallings and Allen are the first UK players named to AP’s First Team since Randall Cobb was selected in 2010 as an all-purpose player. Before that, it was Derek Abney at kick returner in 2002.
Kentucky running back Benny Snell was named to this year’s All-America Third Team. The junior became the Cats’ all-time touchdown leader this season. Snell was second in the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 1,305 yards on 263 attempts after the regular season.
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This is the latest in a long line of honors for Allen. The senior, who set UK career records for sacks in a career and season in 2018, brought home three trophies as the nation’s top defensive player this past week alone. His most recent was the Lott Impact Trophy presented late Sunday in California.
Allen, the consensus Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference, has a league-best 14 quarterback sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles to go with his team-high 84 tackles. He broke the UK single-season and career sacks record (28.5) this season.
Stallings, also a senior, has been a central part of a Cats’ offensive line that has helped Snell to three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. UK ranked sixth in rushing this season in the SEC.
Snell, a junior, needs 107 yards to eclipse Sonny Collins as UK’s career rushing leader when the Wildcats play Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.
Snell is UK’s first Third-Team All-American since The Associated Press named guard Larry Warford to that team in 2012.
Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore, a freshman from Trinity High School in Louisville, was named to the AP All-America First Team as an all-purpose player.
The 5-foot-9 Moore caught 103 passes for 1,164 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also rushed 18 times for 203 yards and a TD. Additionally, Moore returned 30 kickoffs for 599 yards and 11 punts for 82 yards.
Playoff teams come up big
The College Football Playoff semifinalists combined to place 10 players on the AP All-America First Team, including a high of four from No. 1 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide had six players chosen to the three All-America teams, more than any other school. No. 2 Clemson has three First-Teamers, No. 4 Oklahoma has two, including quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, and No. 3 Notre Dame had one.
Associated Press All-America teams
Quarterback — Kyler Murray, junior, Oklahoma