Kentucky’s offensive line is loaded with talent, experience, and future NFL players, earning John Schlarman’s unit high praise and expectations to be one of the best in college football this season.
Veteran leadership anchors the Big Blue Wall with seniors Landon Young, Drake Jackson, and Luke Fortner, but the nation’s highest-graded offensive lineman playing this fall is tackle Darian Kinnard.
Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 345-pound junior, is moving around the offensive line during the preseason, according to offensive coordinator Eddie Gran. With uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Kinnard’s versatility is in preparation of moving positions if a situation presents itself this season.
Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops praised Kinnard and Young during his call-in show Monday night when asked who the best tackle in college football is?
“I don’t think Landon has been getting the recognition he deserves, and certainly Darian deserves the accolades and attention he’s been getting because he’s very, very steady,” Mark Stoops said on his radio show Monday. “Such a talented and good football player and Landon is as well. They’re both great people, and they both care about their team. They’re both very unselfish, they both have a long career ahead of them, and they’re both out there grinding every day, and that says a lot about who they are.”
.@UKCoachStoops liked this question, "Who is the best tackle in college football, @Landon_Young_67 or @Darian_70?"
Hear his response below.
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— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) September 9, 2020
Highest-graded OL playing this fall:
1. Darian Kinnard, UK – 89.2
2. Jordan McFadden, Clemson – 88.3
3. Brady Christensen, BYU – 87.8
4. Teven Jenkins, Ok St – 85.7 pic.twitter.com/5SYkY9Pi5z
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 9, 2020