The preseason honors continue to pour in for Kentucky Wildcats right tackle Darian Kinnard.
The latest is Kinnard being named to the 26-man preseason ESPN All-America Team.
Here’s a recap of the preseason accolades Kinnard has earned:
- First-Team All-America by ESPN, Athlon Sports, USA Today, Walter Camp and Pro Football Focus
- Second-Team All-America by Phil Steele
- First-Team All-SEC by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, Walter Camp, and the media
- Outland Trophy Watch List
- Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List
A 6-foot-5, 338-pound offensive lineman from Knoxville (TN), Kinnard has been graded by Pro Football Focus as college football’s top run-blocking offensive tackle for the 2021 season. It was announced earlier this week he would remain at right tackle after originally planning to move to the left side.
Good luck in finding a man as large as the 6-5, 345-pound Kinnard that moves as well as he does. Kinnard is back for his senior season after considering a jump to the NFL and will remain at right tackle with LSU transfer Dare Rosenthal slated to move in at left tackle. He’s ranked by Pro Football Focus as the top run-blocking tackle in the country and uses his athleticism to also swallow up pass-rushers. Kinnard has started since his freshman season and has a total of 26 career starts.