“It changed everything.”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It was a stressful decision but a welcomed one.

Football Cat Josh Allen could have put his name in the NFL Draft, but elected to come back to Lexington.

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One might think it’s solely to improve draft stock or follow in the footsteps of Bud Dupree or Za’Darius Smith.  Those folks wouldn’t know about Allen’s newborn baby boy coming into the world.

Mike Edwards was hearing his name could go in the third and fourth rounds…maybe later.  He wants something more concrete.

He’s a defensive leader the Cats are excited to get back for a senior campaign.

Part of the reason to return?  Edwards wants to graduate.

Hear from Allen and Edwards in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com