The Kentucky football program will have its star left tackle back for one final season.
This afternoon, redshirt junior Landon Young announced that after briefly considering the NFL Draft, he would be returning for one final season at Kentucky.
“After sitting out the 2018 season due to injury, I got to experience the love and support that the BBN has for their own,” Young wrote on social media. “It made me realize that this University is more than a school; it’s my home.
“When I thought about leaving I realized there were things I still wanted to accomplish, and without another year, it wouldn’t be possible.
“I am excited to play one more season and wear the state of Kentucky across my chest.”
To be continued… pic.twitter.com/mYG5PjJu73
— Landon Young (@Landon_Young_67) January 3, 2020
As a player, Young helped lead the Kentucky offense to 5,102 total yards, including a single-season school record 3,624 rushing yards, 36 touchdowns, and a 6.3-yard average per rushing attempt. In a 37-30 victory over Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl, Kentucky rushed for 331 yards. He was also a key piece in the 2016 team breaking the previous school records of 30 rushing TDs and a 5.4-yard average in a season.
Kentucky entered bowl season leading the nation in most runs of 20+ yards (45 runs) and 40+ yards (15 runs). The Wildcats had four 20-yard runs in the Belk Bowl, now 49 for the season. UK had one 40-yard run on Tuesday, now 16 for the season. Kentucky set school records for most rushing attempts in a bowl game, 55, and most rushing yards in a bowl game, 331. With three rushing TDs, UK tied the school record for bowl game rushing TDs.
John Schlarman’s group earned Joe Moore Award semifinalist honors for the nation’s top offensive line unit back in November before narrowly missing the final cut later in December.
Just a day after helping the Wildcats take home a final victory in Charlotte, Young was honored at halftime of the Sugar Bowl as Captain of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Young was named one of 22 participants named to the team earlier this year in recognition of his commitment to positively impacting his community off the field before being named named captain back on Dec. 10.
Young was originally recognized as the team’s captain during the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12. After celebrating UK’s exhilarating Belk Bowl win on New Year’s Eve, Young joined his fellow Good Works Team members in New Orleans and participated in a special volunteer project to refurbish a local charter school before the Sugar Bowl festivities begun.
“Hearing stories like Landon’s remind us of all that is good in this sport, and Allstate is proud to highlight his story on the prominent platform it deserves,” John O’Donnell, president of Allstate’s Western Territory, said in a statement. “It has been incredible to watch the college football community rally around the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team each season and embrace these outstanding young men.”
Here was some of the footage from his time at the Sugar Bowl:
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) January 2, 2020
Young will now represent the state of Kentucky well both on and off the field one more season in Lexington before chasing his NFL dreams.
Welcome back, Landon!