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Darian Kinnard, Jamin Davis ranked among top 50 college football players in 2020

The All-American Kinnard will return to UK for his senior season in 2021.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 31 Belk Bowl - Virginia Tech v Kentucky Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats received outstanding news recently when junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard announced he’d forgo the 2021 NFL Draft and return to Lexington for his senior season.

Kinnard made the decision just days after being named a third-team All-American and after stating he received NFL feedback that found he’d likely be drafted in the second or third round if he had declared.

However, the Wildcats did lose linebacker Jamin Davis, who played at an all-conference level and could have been an All-American next season. The hope is he’ll also be selected in the Round 2-3 range.

Rivals provided Kinnard’s latest honor Monday as he received a spot on Mike Farrell’s “Farrell 50,” ranking the top 50 players in college football from the 2020 season.

The 6-6 tackle checked in 44th on the list, just ahead of Missouri Tigers star linebacker Nick Bolton, who checked in at No. 45.

“Kinnard, who earned third-team All-American honors this season, has become one of the top offensive linemen in the country,” Farrell wrote.

Kinnard was a massive tackle from Ohio and another great get for Kentucky from the Buckeye State. He was raw and had average movement, but he’s progressed so much and is one of the best offensive linemen in the land.”

As for Davis, he checked in at No. 50.

“Davis enjoyed his best collegiate season in 2020, finishing with 89 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and two forced fumbles.

Davis was a skinny linebacker from Georgia found by Kentucky and turned into a star. He was a low three-star but he’s played like a four-star this season.”

With Kinnard and senior guard Luke Fortner returning in 2021, UK will now return three of their five starters from their offensive line after concerns Kenneth Horsey would be the lone returner.

Keep up with Farrell’s rankings here.