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:
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
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.
Most valuable power-five OL groups in 2019 per PFF Wins Above Average:
2. Ohio State
4. Clemson pic.twitter.com/l4dyAZ0w5T
— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 26, 2020
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.