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Rivals ranks Kentucky offensive line No. 4 in college football

Recognition continues to pile up for Kentucky football’s elite offensive line unit under coach John Schlarman, a group that has managed four consecutive seasons of 1,000 rushing yards or more.

In a ranking of the five best offensive lines in college football, Rivals.com listed Kentucky’s unit as the No. 4 group in the nation.

“Kentucky has a great offensive line, led by Darian Kinnard, Drake Jackson and the high ceiling of Landon Young, among others,” Rivals said of the Wildcats’ talented unit up front. “This line will be a real problem in the SEC.”

In the ranking, Kentucky came in third among SEC programs, sitting behind Tennessee (2) and Alabama (3).

Here is the top five, along with the honorable mentions:

  1. Notre Dame
  2. Tennessee
  3. Alabama
  4. Kentucky
  5. Oregon

Honorable mentions:

  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Ohio State
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Clemson
  • Michigan
  • USC
  • Stanford
  • Iowa

Back in June, Pro Football Focus listed Kentucky’s offensive line as the most valuable unit among all Power 5 teams in the 2019 season, beating out the likes of Ohio State, Oregon, and Clemson.

Beyond PFF, Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network recently ranked Drake Jackson as the best center in the SEC, with Landon Young and Darian Kinnard also being listed as the No. 2 and No. 3 offensive tackles in the conference, respectively.

Athlon Sports also ranked UK’s big three on the Big Blue Wall similarly, except Kinnard landed a spot on the first team while Young fell to the second team as the league’s No. 3 offensive tackle.

Another college football outlet, Pick Six Previews, recently dished out a few All-American honors for the Big Blue Wall’s Big Three. Kinnard and Young were third-team standouts, while Jackson graced the fourth team. Kentucky has just as many Pick Six Preseason All-Americans as Clemson.

Kentucky has established itself as one of the most dominant rushing attacks in college football in recent years, and it all starts up front with Schlarman’s offensive line.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

16 Comments for Rivals ranks Kentucky offensive line No. 4 in college football



  1. UKFaninCO
    7:12 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    FN Ay! Suck it.



  2. blueballs80
    7:16 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Why is TN ranked higher than us?



    • Bluehender
      11:08 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Because they’re good??



  3. light my fire
    7:54 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Coach Schlarman 100% responsible for UK OL being very good

    A great dad, person, coach



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:29 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

      Yes.



  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    9:28 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Schlarman is the best OL coach in the country IMO. (But shhh, don’t tell anyone!)



    • Miller45
      10:01 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

      I agree completely. I’m glad they are getting some notoriety that they have definitely earned. It sounds great on paper. I sure hope it translates into production and wins.

      Unfortunately Tennessee is looking to be stacked this year…..on paper



  5. bbn606
    9:41 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    I was excited until I saw that Tennessee was ranked number 2. I guess we will always be little brother to them no matter how good we are.



    • claiborne_field
      9:50 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

      We are little brother to no one- especially UT.



    • Bluehender
      11:11 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      We’re not little brother. But we do need to beat them…in the grand scheme of things. If we want respect in the SEC we need to be better than them and as much as it pains me to say it, we haven’t been…



  6. light my fire
    9:52 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    TN is that orange headed step child to us. Their players are in the news more than antifa



  7. bigblue98
    10:03 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    This is why we will be better than people think, even with a 10 game SEC schedule. Our line has the ability to absolutely dominate a game. When you have the ability to run over a team that changes everything and becomes demoralizing to the other team. Go Cats and the Big Blue Wall!



  8. east-ky-boy
    10:21 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Remember when we sucked? Lol I say that to say, look where we have came! Stoops has brought us to another level. Whether it be recruiting, coaching hires or player development, we are on the right path. I love it



  9. east-ky-boy
    10:22 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    I so hope the season happens and allows teams to finish the schedule even if it’s limited



    • Bluehender
      11:12 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Me too…



  10. BigBluSoTru
    11:35 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    But we only won 3 conf games !