Often coined as an expression for a school that specializes in a certain position group, “(position)-U” has not always been a conversation by which Kentucky football finds themselves included in. That narrative has changed in many ways, especially with a consistent offensive line.
This coming season, the Cats will not have center Drake Jackson or offensive tackle Landon Young, two prominent figures in the Big Blue Wall, but they do still have a loaded front with experience. Headlining the experienced line is senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard, who has been named a Preseason First-Team All-American by almost every source in America.
Not only that, but Pro Football Focus rates Kinnard as the top returning offensive tackle in the country. The numbers can show why — he had 40 knockdown blocks and 138 blocks at attack, as his 6-foot-5, 338-pound frame was nearly impossible to maneuver around.
And the senior will not be alone, as the line has reached depth not seen at Kentucky before the Mark Stoops era. They also added LSU transfer Dare Rosenthal, a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle that is projected to start for the Cats after starting all of last season for LSU.
With the offensive line that UK will have and a powerback like Chris Rodriguez that is getting plenty of national attention, the Cats could benefit even more from a balanced attack that Liam Coen’s offense looks to present.