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Landon Young announces he will return for senior season

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This is a huge development for the Big Blue Wall.

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All things considered, Kentucky football had a phenomenal year in 2019. After losing much of a legendary defense and three quarterbacks to injury, the Wildcats finished 8-5 with a bowl victory over Virginia Tech to end the season. A large reason for that success, which included setting several rushing records, was the performance of the offensive line.

The offensive line was anchored by guys who, for the first time in recent history, looked like an SEC offensive line. One of those anchors was junior tackle Landon Young, who officially announced on Friday that he is returning for his senior season.

The Lexington, Kentucky native missed his entire 2018 season due to injury. And in missing that magical season, he realized just how special this program and this fan base is.

“I got to experience the love and support that the #BBN has for their own,” Young wrote. “It made me realize that this university is more than a school; it’s my home.”

This offensive line somehow got the nickname the “Big Blue Wall” at some point during this season, and Lynn Bowden regularly petitioned for the group to receive the recognition they deserved. Of the starting five, Logan Stenberg was the only senior that will definitely be departing from the team now that the season is over.

“I am excited to play one more season and wear the state of Kentucky across my chest,” Young said.

There was reason to believe that Landon Young would consider leaving early for the NFL Draft. Now that he has officially decided to return, the focus will shift to first team All-SEC center Drake Jackson and his decision about his future at Kentucky.