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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All-American candidate Darian Kinnard anchors the right side

Just like Rosenthal on the left, the right is equally protected by tackle Darian Kinnard, another all-everything that is instrumental to the Wildcat program both on the field and the UK brotherhood.

When he announced he was coming back for another year to perfect his game even more for the NFL it was sweet music for BBN.

Defenders thinking they can blitz from his side should think twice before attempting to get past the 6-5, 348-pounder to get to Levis or takedown Rodriguez and Smoke. He moves over from left tackle where he has been for 33 games, with 26 consecutive starts.

He is so agile, quick, and fluid and when he puts smaller defenders to the ground you surely will see his excitement.

A few things to know how important he is and the number of eyes watching him just consider these accolades:

  • Graded by PFF as college football’s top run-blocking tackle for 2021
  • Outland Trophy Watch List – nation’s top interior lineman offense or defense
  • Preseason First-Team Offense All-SEC (Athlon, Phil Steele, Walter Camp)
  • Preseason First-Team All-American (Athlon, Walter Camp, PFF)
  • Preseason Second-Team All-American (Phil Steele)

Backing him up is 6-6, 356-pound Jeremy Flax, who came to Kentucky by way of Independence Community College, but was rated as the top JUCO offensive lineman by 24/7 Sports.