Awarded annually to the top college football player who previously played high school football in the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Player of the Year is selected by the all-volunteer membership of the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
2018 Connecticut Player of the Year Award ~ Zach Allen, Boston College
Boston College senior defensive end Zach Allen (New Canaan, CT) has been selected the Walter Camp 2018 Connecticut Player of the Year. The award is presented to the top college football player who is a resident and/or played scholastically in the state of Connecticut. The award is voted on by the Walter Camp Football Foundation membership.
Allen is the fourth player from Boston College to receive this honor, joining former Eagle standouts Tyler Murphy (QB, Wethersfield), Kevin Pierre-Louis (LB, Norwalk) and Bill Romanowski (LB, Vernon).
A First Team Atlantic Coast Conference honoree in 2018, Allen led the Eagles with 15.0 tackles for loss and ranked second with 6.5 quarterback sacks. He totaled 61 tackles (26 solo), 11 quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and one interception. He earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors following a seven-tackle (3 for losses) and one quarterback sack performance in a win over Louisville on Oct. 13.
For his career, Allen ranks among the top 10 in school history in quarterback sacks and tackles for loss. He was recently recognized with the Scanlan Award, BC’s highest football honor given to the senior who best embodies the ideals of Tom Scanlan, BC class of 1920.
A member of the New England Football Writers All-New England Team, Allen has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Boston College (7-5) will face Boise State in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
A native of New Canaan, Allen played scholastically for head coach Lou Marinelli at New Canaan High School. A three-year varsity starter, Allen led the Rams to two Class L state championships and was named Connecticut’s Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season (2014) as well as being named to the Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team.
Allen is also the third former Walter Camp All-Connecticut Team scholastic honoree to go on to earn Connecticut Player of the Year collegiate honors, joining former St. Joseph HS and Temple University linebacker (and current Pittsburgh Steeler) Tyler Matakevich, and former West Haven HS and Syracuse University wide receiver Ervin Philips.