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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LSU transfer Dare Rosenthal (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Dare Rosenthal is a big load that gets the start at left tackle

When Dare Rosenthal announced earlier this year he was leaving LSU and entering the transfer portal teams were salivating to get the 6-7, 327-pound behemoth. In the end, he stayed in the Southeastern Conference and Kentucky was the chosen suitor.

Coach Mark Stoops knows he got a steal of a big man for the Big Blue Wall.

"“We are excited to welcome Dare to our team.  He has SEC experience and is a tremendous talent. He will be a great addition to the Big Blue Wall.”"

This wide-body beast is sure to draw a lot of attention from defenses, but more importantly, it should be Rodriguez and Smoke waiting for Rosenthal to plow defenders over and open lanes for each to blast through. He is quick to pick up blitzes and will help give Levis time to throw.

As a redshirt freshman in 2019, Rosenthal saw action in five games getting three starts, helping the Tigers go undefeated at 15-0 and win the CFP National Championship. Last year he played in seven of LSU’s 10 SEC-only games with five starts.

There is no experience to back up Rosenthal as Deondre Buford, a 6-3 and 290-pound redshirt freshman has yet to see any action for the Wildcats.