In their final games as Kentucky Wildcats, Landon Young and Max Duffy turned in some of the best individual performances of the postseason. This morning, ESPN’s Sam Khan Jr. released his 2020 All-Bowl Team and Young and Duffy were two of the 26 players mentioned.
OL: Landon Young, Kentucky Wildcats
Young had six knockdown blocks, allowed no sacks or quarterback pressures and graded at 92% in Kentucky’s win over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.
P: Max Duffy, Kentucky Wildcats
Duffy had three punts inside the 20 and one inside the 10 and deftly avoided a block. On his five punts in the Gator Bowl, NC State’s average starting field position was its own 16-yard line, and only one punt was returned for one yard.
Young’s performance vs. NC State was huge. With three minutes remaining and the Cats clinging to a 16-14 lead, his block opened a gaping hole for Chris Rodriguez’ 26-yard game-clinching touchdown run; the hole was so huge that Rodriguez was untouched until crossing the goal line. He also had a point-of-attack block that sprang the longest play of the day, a 44-yard run, followed on the next play with a POA block on an 18-yard run, that set up Kentucky’s first touchdown. The Wildcats went on to rush for 288 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
As for Duffy, “deftly avoided a block” doesn’t begin to describe that play in the Gator Bowl:
Both Young and Duffy will enter the 2021 NFL Draft, with Duffy signing with ProStar Sports Agency earlier this week. Duffy and fellow Wildcat Drake Jackson will also participate in the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 30, while Young has been invited to the 2021 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl virtual workshop.