It’s safe to say that Kentucky has one of the best offensive tackles in America. Tuesday afternoon the latest round of college football All-Americans were revealed, and of course, Darian Kinnard made the cut.
The Sporting News, one of five publications used to determine consensus All-American status, named Kinnard a preseason First Team All-American. Here’s what Sporting News had to say about Kinnard’s selection:
The 6-5, 345-pound tackle continues to live up to expectations with the Wildcats. A second-team SN All-American selection in 2020, Kinnard has made 26 consecutive starts on the edge. He has 79 knockdowns the past two seasons for the Wildcats.
Kinnard is one of 14 SEC selections to the Sporting News’ squad, more than any other conference. Are you surprised? Of course not.
An anchor on the Big Blue Wall, this year he’s flipping from the right side of the line of scrimmage to left tackle. Last season Kinnard developed a reputation as a nasty, run-blocking mauler, grading at 87.4% with 47 knockdowns and 142 blocks at the point of attack. If it’s true that big men lead the way, then Liam Coen’s offense is in good hands in 2021.