Kentucky football: Wildcats foundation that makes Cats go is the Big Blue Wall

UK offensive lineman Darian Kinard.
UK offensive lineman Darian Kinard. /
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When talk turns to any football team often it focuses on their 1,000-yard rusher or quarterback with the golden arm. But when you speak Kentucky football it all starts and centers around the guys upfront – the Big Blue Wall.

The five guys that make up the offensive line and the ones that defenses can grow weary trying to breakthrough. They are also the five that make the Wildcat offense go. They create holes for Christopher Rodriguez and  Kovasiey Smoke to run through and give quarterback Will Levis time to find receivers.

They do the dirty work that in turn leads to points on the scoreboard.

Former offensive line coach John Schlarman laid the foundation for this wall and despite his passing, it has and will remain the centerpiece of the Kentucky offense.

When coach Mark Stoops and his coaches unveiled the depth chart for this weekend’s Week One opener against Louisianna-Monroe there were few real surprises but smiles that this wall is firmly intact with equal depth to back them up.

Kentucky has become a destination school for physical offensive linemen wanting to get to the NFL.

The starters average 6-foot-5 and 313-pounds of solid mass protecting the playmakers behind them.

Let’s take a look at this season’s five positions on the Big Blue Wall.