The senior offensive sort out helped pave manner for offense in win at Vanderbilt
LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky offensive sort out Darian Kinnard has been named the Southeastern Convention Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efficiency in Kentucky’s 34-17 win at Vanderbilt, the league introduced on Monday.
Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, performed each offensive snap and graded at 88 p.c within the Wildcats’ seventh win of the season. Led by the offensive line, UK amassed 236 dashing yards and 6.6 yards per try (7.1 per try earlier than two kneel-downs on the finish of the sport) because it cruised in Nashville.
For the sport, Kinnard had 4 knockdown blocks and 16 blocks on the level of assault, didn’t miss an task nor permit any quarterback sacks or pressures. UK raced out to a 31-3 halftime lead and scored on every of its first 4 possessions.
Kinnard continues to fee as one of many nation’s prime offensive tackles and lately was named one in every of 12 semifinalists for the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines excellent efficiency on the sector with the character and self-discipline of NFL Corridor of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.
The midseason All-American has performed in 43 profession video games with 36 consecutive begins at proper sort out for the “Huge Blue Wall” that has bludgeoned opponents with one of many prime dashing assaults in FBS the previous few years.
The Wildcats’ offense is averaging 395.5 whole yards per recreation, together with 186.3 on the bottom, and noticed operating again Chris Rodriguez Jr. turn into the tenth participant in class historical past to hurry for 1,000 yards in a season throughout the win at Vanderbilt. Kinnard is the one Energy 5 sort out who ranks among the many nation’s prime 10 in each run- and pass-blocking as evaluated by Professional Soccer Focus.
Kinnard’s checklist of preseason awards included being named a preseason first-team All-American by Athlon Sports activities, ESPN, USA Right this moment, Walter Camp and Professional Soccer Focus. He was additionally a preseason second-team All-America selection by Phil Steele. Moreover, he was named first-team All-Southeastern Convention by Athlon Sports activities, Media, Phil Steele and Walter Camp. He is also on the watch checklist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s prime inside lineman on offense or protection in school soccer, and the Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Kentucky hosts Senior Day this Saturday, of which Kinnard is predicted to participate in pregame ceremonies honoring seniors. Kickoff vs. New Mexico State is ready for midday ET on the SEC Community and the UK Sports activities Radio Community.