Kentucky’s Big Blue Wall is one of the best offensive lines in all of college football. The numbers don’t lie.
Pro Football Focus, the outlet that gives personal grades for players after each game, has released its rankings for all 130 FBS offensive lines. Of course, Kentucky is near the top at No. 5, behind only Oregon, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State.
The Wildcats’ offense became one predicated on rushing success, and that seemed to fit their strength as a unit on the offensive line. They finished with the seventh-highest run-blocking grade as a unit while (Darian) Kinnard finished the year as the third-highest graded tackle in the SEC in the run game.
The player who may get talked about less than anyone on the Big Blue Wall, Darian Kinnard, was the highest-graded player on Kentucky’s offense.
John Schlarman’s unit has been considered one of the best in the nation all season. Named finalists for the Roy Moore Award, given each year to the nation’s top offensive line, Lynn Bowden is still searching for somebody to reasonably explain why they did not receive the honor.
“I don’t see how my O-line ain’t win that award,” Kentucky’s quarterback said rather angrily after the Wildcats won the Belk Bowl. “Just look at it, it’s facts. I don’t know what else to say. Rush for 500 our last game before this, 400 before that and 400 again. I don’t get the logic, you know what I mean? Is it because we Kentucky? Is it going to change that? That’s just a question for the world, I want to know. Let me know.”