We’ve nearly reached the end of the 2019 BC Interruption Awards (The Interrupties!), with just the Male and Female Player of the Year Awards yet to be given. So without further ado, we present the 2019 BCI Male Player of the year: Zach Allen of Boston College Football.
Allen was a game-changing force on the field for the BC Football teams for his entire career, and many thought he would declare for the NFL Draft after a junior season that saw him put up an even 100 total tackles, 15.5 TFL, and 4 sacks. But he returned to graduate, and was rewarded with a 2nd Team All-ACC selection and continued to chang the game whenever he was on the field.
Allen played his best football against the best competition, and the nation (and draft boards) really started to take notice after a fantastic effort in prime time against Clemson. Among his highlights were a 12 yard “sack” (technically a TFL after he batted the ball back to the QB) against the Tigers, a pick at the goal line against NC State, and an ACC Defensive Player of the Week effort against Louisville with 3 TFL, a sack, seven tackles, and a blocked extra point for the cherry on top.
Allen was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals in what was one of the real steals of the draft — some draft boards had him going as high as the first round. But while getting drafted is pretty cool, I’m sure Allen’s going to be most proud of his 2019 PotY Interrupty, the first of his career.
Allen beat out teammates Chris Lindstrom and AJ Dillon, as well as baseball’s Dan Metzdorf and basketball’s Ky Bowman, in the voting for the award.