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Darian Kinnard earns more preseason All-American honors

Kinnard is poised to go down as one of the best tackles to ever play at Kentucky.

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Kentucky Wildcats senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard has been named a First-Team All-American by Athlon Sports.

Kinnard is one of the nation-high 31 selections from the Southeastern Conference. The selections are based on predicting and projecting how players will perform in 2021.

The 6-foot-5, 338-pound offensive lineman from Knoxville, Tennessee, was graded by Pro Football Focus as college football’s top run-blocking tackle for 2021. The senior has played in 33 career games with 26 consecutive starts and in 2020, he graded at 88 percent in 10 regular season games with 40 knockdown blocks and 138 blocks at the point of attack. He also was a candidate for the Outland Trophy, give to college football’s best interior lineman.

Kinnard has also earned All-America honors from Walter Camp (First Team), Pro Football Focus (First Team) and Phil Steele (Second Team). Additionally, he was a first-team All-SEC choice from Athlon, Phil Steele and Walter Camp.

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