Darian Kinnard has been rated a prime run blocker in faculty soccer
The cornerstones Drake Jackson and Landon Young, who made 70 career starts together, may have disappeared, but Kentucky’s Big Blue Wall remains.
One of the best offensive lines in college football is Luke Fortner, Austin Dotson, Kenneth Horsey, and Darian Kinnard, who is rated the best offensive tackle in college football (91.9) according to Pro Football Focus.
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Kinnard has played in 33 career games with 26 consecutive starts in one-on-one combat. He reached a value of 87.4 percent in 11 games in 2020 with 47 knockdown blocks and 142 blocks at the time of the attack.
He received All-American awards from Sporting News and CBS Sports (second team), Associated Press (third team), and Pro Football Focus (first team). He was also an All-SEC first team selection by AP, PFF and Phil Steele and an All SEC second team selection by the league coaches. He was also a candidate for the Outland Trophy, which was awarded to the best interior designers in college football.
For his efforts, Kinnard was ranked number 41 in college football by PFF last season.
“Immediately after [Teven] Jenkins, Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard, was Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard. This is not a big surprise as he got a grade of 89.1 on this facet in 2019. In 2020, Kinnard finished his impressive 2019 campaign with a grade of 91.9 as a runblocker. The 6-foot-5,345-pound machine has numerous reps in the running game this season, even as it faced Alabama and Georgia. “
Shortly after Kentucky’s 23:21 win over NC State # 23 at the Gator Bowl, Kinnard announced that he would be returning to the UK for his senior season.
“My mom had me before she had her GED. She worked extremely hard to go to college. She ultimately earned four degrees of concentration while raising me as a single parent. She taught me in life that you better finish what you’re starting. ” “Kinnard said,” I don’t want to give up this great opportunity that I was blessed with in the UK. So I’ll keep working towards my degree, improving my game and racing for my team for one final year in 2021. I will happily wear this Kentucky blue for another year on Saturday nights. “
Kinnard, who will likely switch from right to left tackle, has been called up to join ESPN’s Way-Too-Early All-American team.
“Kinnard was a huge challenge for the Wildcats when they signed him as a coveted prospect from Ohio, and he was everything they hoped for and so much more,” wrote ESPN’s Chris Low. “The 6-5, 345-pound Kinnard was considering going pro but decided to return for his senior season and will anchor Kentucky’s offensive line again from the right attacking position.”
It was projected as the first round of voting in The Athletic’s 2022 NFL Draft.