The Kentucky Wildcats, specifically the Big Blue Wall, got great news Monday with Darian Kinnard and Luke Fortner returning for the 2021 season.
However, not all of Kentucky’s offensive line will be back, as left tackle Landon Young confirmed he’s heading to the NFL Draft.
I want to thank @UKFootball, @UKCoachStoops, staff and BBN for everything this program has done for me over the last 5 years. Most of all I want to thank God for the many countless blessings. I hope to continue representing this state and program at the next level! pic.twitter.com/xBYDkmQ6OV— Landon Young (@Landon_Young_67) January 4, 2021
Young, a redshirt senior this season, could have used the NCAA’s eligibility relief ruling to return for a sixth season in 2021. However, Young is ready to begin his pro career and hopefully hear his name called at some point during the 2021 NFL Draft.
A Kentucky native who played in nearby Lafayette High School, Young has appeared in 48 career games with 32 starts, including 23 in a row at left tackle. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season (Oct. 19 and Nov. 16).
For his efforts, Young was named a First-Team All-SEC selection by league coaches. He was a Third-Team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports for the 2019 season.
Since arriving at Kentucky as a highly-touted five-star recruit in the Class of 2016, Young has been here for all five bowl appearances the school made under Mark Stoops. However, Young missed the entire 2018 season due to a knee injury before returning to form the following two seasons.
In addition to Young, Kentucky is also expected to lose starting center Drake Jackson, who is also a redshirt senior.
Best of luck to Young as he begins his professional career.