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11 (!) Wildcats make Phil Steele’s All-SEC teams

And several of them have already announced they’re returning for the 2021 season.

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The season may be over, but the postseason honors keep rolling in for the Kentucky Wildcats.

This week, 11 Wildcats were named All-SEC by Phil Steele. They are:

  • Junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard - First Team
  • Junior safety Yusuf Corker - Second Team
  • Junior linebacker Jamin Davis - Second Team
  • Senior center Drake Jackson Second Team
  • Senior linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson - Second Team
  • Senior offensive tackle Landon Young - Second Team
  • Senior punter Max Duffy was named - Third Team
  • Senior nose guard Quinton Bohanna - Fourth Team
  • Sophomore defensive back Kelvin Joseph - Fourth Team
  • Junior defensive end Josh Paschal - Fourth Team
  • Junior running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. - Fourth Team

Kinnard, Corker and Paschal have already announced they’ll return for the 2021 season, while Davis and Rodriguez may also follow suit. That means Kentucky could have five All-SEC picks back for next season.

Kinnard, who hails from Knoxville (TN), has played in 33 career games with 26 straight-starts at tackle. He graded at 88% in 10 regular season games this season with 40 knockdown blocks and 138 blocks at the point of attack. He also was a candidate for the Outland Trophy this season.

Corker, from McDonough (GA), totaled 77 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. He had a career-high 18 tackles at Missouri, including 16 solo stops. Those 16 solo stops tied the single-game school record set by Larry Smith vs. Tulane in 1984 and Jeff Zurcher vs. Georgia in 1998. Corker had interceptions in each of the final two games vs. South Carolina and NC State.

Rodriguez, also a McDonough (GA) native, led the Cats in rushing with 785 yards and 11 touchdowns, despite missing two games due to health and safety protocols. He also led the SEC in yards per attempt at 6.6. He had four 100-yard rushing games this season, including three of the final four games for which he played. Rodriguez had a streak of 105 consecutive carries without being tackled for behind the line of scrimmage and gaining positive yardage on 116 of his 119 total attempts.

Davis, from Ludowici (GA), recorded a team-high 102 tackles in just 10 games while grabbing three interceptions. He became the first Wildcat to record five-straight double-digit tackle games since Danny Trevathan had nine straight in 2010. He had 13 tackles and a critical fourth-quarter interception vs. No. 24 NC State in the Gator Bowl.

Jackson, a native of Versailles (KY), has played in 47 career games with 44 straight-starts at center, the third-longest such streak in school history with lineups available since 1993. He graded at 85% in 10 regular season games played in 2020, missing just one assignment in 627 snaps. He also had 38 knockdown blocks and led the team with 167 blocks at the point of attack. He was on the watch lists for both the Outland Trophy for the best interior lineman and the Rimington Trophy for the nation’s top center.

Watson, of Brandywine (MD), led the Wildcats with 10 tackles for loss to conclude his career with 28.5. He finished the season with five sacks and now ranks fifth on the school’s all-time sacks list with 18.5.

Young, of Lexington (KY), has appeared in 48 career games, with 32 starts, including 24 in a row at left tackle. He was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice this season, graded out at 89%, did not miss an assignment, and led the team in knockdown blocks with 56. He totaled 163 blocks at the point of attack.

Duffy, a native of Australia, finished his career as the program’s all-time leading punter at 45.96 yards per kick. He averaged 45.1 yards per punt this season, fourth in the SEC.

Bohanna, from Cordova (TN), had 10 tackles this season and his efficiency in controlling the center of the defensive line earned him Second-Team All-SEC honors from Pro Football Focus.

Joseph, a Louisiana native and transfer from LSU, picked off four passes in nine games before opting out of the final two games. He is now heading to the NFL Draft as a redshirt sophomore.

Paschal, hailing from Prince George’s County (MD), totaled 32 tackles, one sack and 6.5 tackles for loss. He shared a sack with Davis in the Gator Bowl win over the Wolfpack.

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