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Seven Wildcats on Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams, three named to First Team

The Kentucky football team had seven players named to the 2020 All-Southeastern Conference Coaches’ Team, including three First Team members.

Punter Max Duffy, center Drake Jackson, and offensive tackle Darian Kinnard earned first-team honors, while offensive tackle Landon Young was named to the second team. In addition, three defensive players, defensive back Yusuf Corker, defensive lineman Josh Paschal and linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson, were on the third team.

Alabama was the only school with more First Team honorees than Kentucky with ten. Auburn (2), Florida (2), Georgia (2), LSU (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi State (1), Missouri (1) and Texas A&M (1) all finished with fewer than the Wildcats.

Duffy, a native of Perth, Australia, is set to play his final season at Kentucky following a dominant campaign this past year. In 2019, Duffy led the nation in net punting with a 44.55-yard net average, along with leading leading the nation in punting at 48.10 yards per punt. Along with winning the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter, he also was named a first-team All-American by Walter Camp, the AP, Sporting News, ESPN, FWAA, AFCA Coaches’, The Athletic, USA Today, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. He is UK’s career punt leader with a 46.3-yard average. Duffy has been named to seven preseason All-America teams so far this season, and was a 2020 preseason first-team All-SEC choice by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s College Football.

Jackson, a native of Versailles, Kentucky, started at center in all 13 games last season and was a candidate for the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s top center. He now has a team-high 33 consecutive starts as the anchor of Kentucky’s offensive line, the “Big Blue Wall.” He was named to the preseason All-America Second Team by Athlon Sports and was a preseason first-team All-SEC selection by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.

Kinnard, of Knoxville, Tennessee, started in all 13 games at right tackle last season and finished with 32 knockdowns and just one penalty in 706 snaps. He was named a preseason All-American by Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and Athlon Sports, Phil Steele, and Pick Six Previews listed him on its preseason All-SEC First Team.

Lexington native Landon Young has appeared in 36 career games on the “Big Blue Wall,” starting in all 13 games in 2019. He totaled 64 knockdown blocks and missed only one assignment in 754 plays last season, earning a spot on the 2019 All-SEC Third Team by Athlon. This preseason, Young was on the All-SEC First Team by Pick Six Previews and was a second-team All-SEC choice by Athlon and Phil Steele.

Corker, a safety from McDonough, Georgia, is UK’s leading returning tackler with 74 tackles in 13 starts from last season. He also had four pass breakups, a quarterback hurry and a team-high tying two fumble recoveries. This offseason, he was named to Athlon’s preseason All-SEC Fourth Team.
Paschal, of Prince George’s County, Maryland, started in all 13 games in 2019 after missing the 2018 season with malignant melanoma on the bottom of his right foot. In his comeback, he totaled 34 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one PBU, two forced fumbles, one PBU and one blocked kick.

Watson, of Brandywine, Maryland, is coming off an impressive junior season that saw him total 36 tackles, a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss and seven quarterback hurries, starting in 11 of 13 games, including nine in a row. He is the SEC’s leading sack returner after also totaling 6.5 total sacks last season. Watson is currently on the Bednarik Award Watch List, given to the nation’s top defensive player, and he also has been tabbed a preseason All-SEC Second-Team performer by Athlon Sports, and Phil Steele.

Check out the complete 2020 Preseason Coaches All-SEC Team:

First Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

  • Kyle Pitts, Florida

OL

  • Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
  • Trey Smith, Tennessee
  • Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
  • Landon Dickerson, Alabama

C

  • Drake Jackson, Kentucky

WR

  • DeVonta Smith, Alabama
  • Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

QB

  • Kyle Trask, Florida

RB

  • Najee Harris, Alabama
  • Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

AP

  • Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

DEFENSE

DL

  • Bobby Brown, Texas A&M
  • LaBryan Ray, Alabama
  • Big Kat Bryant, Auburn
  • Jordan Davis, Georgia

LB

  • Dylan Moses, Alabama
  • K.J. Britt, Auburn
  • Nick Bolton, Missouri

DB

  • Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
  • Derek Stingley, LSU
  • Richard LeCounte, Georgia
  • Jacoby Stevens, LSU

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK

  • Brent Cimaglia, Tennessee

P

  • Max Duffy, Kentucky

RS

  • Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

Second Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

  • Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M

OL

  • Sadarius Hutcherson, South Carolina
  • Deonte Brown, Alabama
  • Landon Young, Kentucky
  • Austin Deculus, LSU*
  • Brodarious Hamm, Auburn*
  • Wanya Morris, Tennessee*
  • Ed Ingram, LSU*

C

  • Trey Hill, Georgia

WR

  • George Pickens, Georgia
  • Terrace Marshall, LSU

QB

  • Kellen Mond, Texas A&M

RB

  • Rakeem Boyd, Arkansas
  • Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M

AP

  • Derek Stingley, LSU

DEFENSE

DL

  • Kobie Whiteside, Missouri
  • Malik Herring, Georgia
  • Aaron Sterling,South Carolina
  • Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

LB

  • Henry To’o To’o, Tennessee
  • Monty Rice, Georgia
  • Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State*
  • Nakobe Dean, Georgia*
  • Ventrell Miller, Florida*

DB

  • Kaiir Elam, Florida
  • Eric Stokes, Georgia
  • Demani Richardson, Texas A&M
  • Tyree Gillespie, Missouri*
  • Marco Wilson, Florida*
  • Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina*

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK

  • Cade York, LSU

P

  • Jake Camarda, Georgia

RS

  • Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss

Third Team Preseason All-SEC

OFFENSE

TE

  • Arik Gilbert, LSU

OL

  • Carson Green, Texas A&M
  • Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
  • Evan Neal, Alabama
  • Dan Moore, Texas A&M

C

  • Landon Dickerson, Alabama

WR

  • Seth Williams, Auburn
  • Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

QB

  • Bo Nix, Auburn

RB

  • Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss
  • Larry Rountree, Missouri

AP

  • Jerrion Ealy, Ole Miss*
  • Kadarius Toney, Florida*
  • Christian Tutt, Auburn*

DEFENSE

DL

  • Zachary Carter, Florida
  • Josh Paschal, Kentucky
  • Kobe Jones, Mississippi State
  • Glen Logan, LSU

LB

  • Boogie Watson, Kentucky
  • Dimitri Moore, Vanderbilt
  • Nolan Smith, Georgia*
  • Ernest Jones, South Carolina*
  • Andre Mintze, Vanderbilt*

DB

  • Jaycee Horn, South Carolina
  • Bryce Thompson, Tennessee
  • Yusuf Corker, Kentucky
  • Christian Tutt, Auburn*
  • Josh Jobe, Alabama*

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK

  • Evan McPherson, Florida

P

  • Mac Brown, Ole Miss

RS

  • Christian Tutt, Auburn

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

1 Comment for Seven Wildcats on Preseason Coaches’ All-SEC Teams, three named to First Team



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