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Luke Fortner returning for 2021 season, per Darian Kinnard

The Big Blue Wall will once again be a major strength for Kentucky football.

Kentucky v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The Kentucky Wildcats got a double-dose of great news Monday morning.

It began with All-American Darian Kinnard announcing he would return for his senior season.

And during the press conference for his announcement, Kinnard revealed that senior guard Luke Fortner will also be back for the 2021 season. Kinnard joked that Fortner is too much of an “old man” to tweet it himself, so he gave Kinnard permission to make the announcement.

This means Fortner will use the NCAA’s eligibility relief ruling to play in 2021 as a sixth-year senior, as he’s originally a Class of 2016 recruit.

Fortner, a 6-6 300-pound lineman from Sylvania( OH), is a redshirt senior who has played in 42 career games for the Cats playing, both at tackle and guard. In the last two seasons he has been a key piece of The Big Blue Wall, starting all 13 games last season and nine of the 11 this season at guard.

Fortner is known for his ability to effectively both pass and run block. He has also shown a great ability to effectively find his assignment and continually use his leverage to drive his man to the turf. Known primarily as a strong inside run blocker, he has shown his ability to get to the outside and be effective in space as well.

The coaching staff has done a great job over the years of recruiting on the offensive line, and it will once again be a major strength next season with Kinnard, Fortner and Kenneth Horsey returning.