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Mark Stoops Named SEC Coach of the Year; Josh Allen Defensive Player of the Year

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Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has been named the coach of the year in the Southeastern Conference by the Associated Press.

 

The Wildcats finished the regular season 9-3 and earned a bowl berth for the Citrus Bowl, marking their best season since 1977. The honor comes almost six years to the date that Stoops was introduced as Kentucky’s coach.



 

The biggest reason Stoops received the honor is because of the talent he is coaching in Lexington. In addition to Stoops’ honor, senior linebacker Josh Allen was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous First Team All-SEC selection. Running back Benny Snell and offensive lineman Bunchy Stallings join Allen on the First Team, while safety Mike Edwards was named to the Second Team.

 

No doubt, Mitch Barnhart made the right hire in 2012. The Wildcats will look to cap off a great season with a bowl win vs. Penn State on New Years Day.

 



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