Former Lafayette star, current Kentucky lineman Landon Young prepares for senior year

As a red-shirt Junior, Young was named Third Team All-SEC by Athlon Sports

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LEXINGTON , Ky (WTVQ) – From Lafayette High School to the University of Kentucky, Lexington’s own Landon Young has had some ups and down.
As a sophomore at Kentucky, he’d play in 13 games after starting tackle Cole Mosier went down in the off-season.  As a junior, it would young out for season.  He’d suffer a left knee injury a week before the home opener.
“When it first happened it was definitely like a big let down at first because that’s coming into your junior year,” said Young.  “You’re expected to do big things in your junior year. Like that’s a big, big year for any college football player.”
That year wouldn’t happen.  Young would spend it on the sidelines, but he made the most of it.
“I focused a lot on my faith and knew that God had a plan for that injury and had a plan for me that was bigger than I could ever see, but along with that it gave me the chance to study the game from a different perspective,” said Young. “It did give me a year in the weight room that let me really blossom my body in what it needed to be. At the end of the road, it’s what’s best for me.”
Young is right.  As a red-shirt junior, he would start in all 13 games and end the season named to the all-SEC team by Athlon sports.  Coming off that kind of year, young could’ve easily went to the NFL, but he chose to return for his senior year.
“It was sort of a combination of things. Not just did I want to finish out my years here, finish out what I came to UK to do, but have another year with Coach Schlarman and another year with the group of guys I came in with.”
He also wants to show that injury hasn’t slowed him down.
“I think a second year coming back off of that and being able to show what I can do and that I’m continuing to improve and that my knee isn’t an issue is something else that’s going to really help along as well.”
As Young prepares for his final season in solid blue, as a Kentuckian, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It’s the pride of just being here. It’s more than just playing for your home state. You’re going out there to represent a lot more things,” Young said. “You’re representing your family, your hometown. You’re representing your friends, your faith…you’re representing everything from here. Not just that, you want to represent that Kentucky guys can do it. Kentucky always gets a bad rep for not having athletes and not having really good football teams and stuff like that. We’re coming out there and showing that Kentucky boys can do it.”
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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com