In what is becoming a routine thing for Kentucky Football team, three Wildcats have earned Preseason All-American honors. Athlon Sports named senior punter Max Duffy, senior center Drake Jackson, and junior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard to its 2020 preseason All-American teams.
Duffy was named first-team specialist after leading the nation last season with 48.10 years per punt. He won the 2019 Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter and was named a first-team All-American by the AP, Sporting News, ESPN, FWAA, Walter Camp, AFCA Coaches’, The Athletic, USA Today, Phil Steele and Athlon Sports. He is UK’s career punt leader with a 46.3-yard average. Already this year, Duffy has been named preseason First-Team All-American by Phil Steele, Sporting News and Walter Camp and preseason First-Team All-SEC by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.
Jackson and Kinnard, both integral members of Kentucky’s Big Blue Wall, were both named second-team offense. Jackson has a team-high 33 consecutive starts and was also named to the 2020 preseason first-team All-SEC teams by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele. Kinnard finished the 2019 season with 32 knockdowns and just one penalty in 706 snaps. He has also been named a preseason fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele and a first-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.