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Alabama DL Jonathan Allen: Kentucky Was The Toughest Offensive Line We Faced This Year

Alabama has faced a number of strong teams this season: USC, LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida and others.

Which team had the toughest offensive line? The answer, at least according to star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, may surprise you.

Speaking at the College Football Awards in Atlanta yesterday, Allen told reporters that Kentucky proved the stiffest test up front for a vaunted 'Bama defensive line.

“I got to give it to the whole Kentucky front,” Allen said. “When I say that was probably the most physical game that I’ve played in this year, I have to give it them. They came with it that game. It kind of caught us by surprise. That was a real physical game.

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“Just the determination and the want to. They meant business when they came,” Allen said. “I feel like we kind of overlooked them a little bit at first. It was a wake-up call upfront that said ‘hey, you got to bring it. These guys are playing. It’s SEC ball now.'”

Alabama blew Kentucky out, 34-6, back on Oct. 1. Allen recorded eight tackles and a sack in the win. However, the Wildcats responded by winning five of their final seven games to finish 7-5 and earn a Taxslayer Bowl bid.

Kentucky C Jon Toth earned a spot on the Second Team All-SEC team as voted by the league's coaches. The Wildcats also featured a strong rushing attack this year, led by a pair of 1,000-yard gainers in running backs Benny Snell and Stanley "Boom" Williams.