UPDATE: UK’s Kinnard named Consensus All-American

Kentucky has had a Consensus All-American three times in the last four years

UPDATE POSTED 4 P.M. DEC. 17, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard was named a 2021 Consensus All-American, it was announced this week, becoming the first offensive lineman to receive the honor since All-American Sam Ball in 1965. The Wildcats now have 12 consensus All-Americans in school history a total of 14 times.

It also marks the third time in the last four years a Wildcat has been named a consensus All-American. Kinnard joins Bob Gain (1950), Babe Parilli (1950 and 1951), Lou Michaels (1956 and 1957), Sam Ball (1965), Art Still (1977), Tim Couch (1998), James Whalen (1999), Derek Abney (2002), Josh Allen (2018), Lynn Bowden (2019) and Max Duffy (2019) on the prestigious list.

To be named to the Consensus team, players have to be listed on the first team for more than half the All-America teams used in the compila­tion. If no player meets this criterion at a position, a player can be selected if named first team on at least two of the All-America teams. Second and third teams are used to break ties. In the case of a true tie, all players are listed. Five organizations are used to compile the consensus team — American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.

Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, earned first-team All-America honors from four of the five – FWAA, Walter Camp and the AP. He was a second-team All-American by The Sporting News.

Kinnard led Kentucky with 30 knockdown blocks in 12 games for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats this season. Pro Football Focus evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker. He was awarded the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He also was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.

Postseason Awards for Kinnard:

First-Team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Walter Camp, Phil Steele, CBS Sports, Reese’s Senior Bowl)

Second-Team All-American (The Sporting News, PFF, The Athletic)

First-Team All-SEC (AP, PFF, Coaches, Phil Steele)

2021 Jacobs Blocking Trophy

UPDATE POSTED 11:30 A.M. Dec. 14, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard can add another All-America accolade to his resume as he was named a first-team AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-American, it was announced today by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

This is the third time in the last four years a Wildcat has been named to the AFCA FBS Coaches’ All-America Team. DE/LB Josh Allen earned first-team honors in 2018, while Benny Snell Jr., was a second-team selection. In 2019, Lynn Bowden Jr., and Max Duffy both earned first-team nods.

It was also announced today that Kinnard earned second-team All-America by The Sporting News.

Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, led Kentucky with 30 knockdown blocks in 12 games for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats this season. Pro Football Focus evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker.

He was recently awarded the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He also was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville. In addition, he has earned first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp, CBS/247sports and the Senior Bowl and second-team All-America by PFF and The Athletic.

Under Kinnard’s leadership on the offensive line, the Wildcats’ offense is averaging 431.1 total yards per game, including 206.1 on the ground, and is averaging 6.57 yards per play, which would set a new school record for a season. According to PFF, UK leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt.

Postseason Awards for Kinnard:

First-Team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, Reese’s Senior Bowl)

Second-Team All-American (The Sporting News, PFF, The Athletic)

First-Team All-SEC (AP, PFF, Coaches)

2021 Jacobs Blocking Trophy

UPDATE POSTED 1 P.M. Dec. 13, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Senior offensive tackle has been named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, it was announced Monday.

Kinnard becomes the 15th player in school history to be named to AP’s first team, joining Clyde Johnson, Tackle (1942); Bob Gain, Tackle (1950); Babe Parilli, Quarterback (1950); Doug Moseley, Center (1951); Howard Schnellenberger, End (1955); Lou Michaels, Tackle (1957); Art Still, Defensive End (1977); James Whalen, Tight End (1999); Derek Abney, Kick Returner (2002); Randall Cobb, All-Purpose Player (2010); Josh Allen, Linebacker (2018); Jervontius “Bunchy” Stallings, Offensive Guard (2018); Lynn Bowden Jr., All-Purpose Player (2019); and Max Duffy, Punter (2019).

He is UK’s fifth first-team AP All-American in the last four years and the first offensive lineman to earn first-team honors since Stallings in 2018.

Kinnard led Kentucky with 30 knockdown blocks in 12 games for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats this season. Pro Football Focus evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker.

He was recently awarded the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He also was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville. In addition, he has earned first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp, CBS/247sports and the Senior Bowl and second-team All-America by PFF and The Athletic.

Under Kinnard’s leadership on the offensive line, the Wildcats’ offense is averaging 431.1 total yards per game, including 206.1 on the ground, and is averaging 6.57 yards per play, which would set a new school record for a season. According to PFF, UK leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt.

Postseason Awards for Kinnard:

First-Team All-America (AP, FWAA, Walter Camp, CBS Sports, Reese’s Senior Bowl)

Second-Team All-American (PFF, The Athletic)

First-Team All-SEC (AP, PFF, Coaches)

2021 Jacobs Blocking Trophy

Kentucky (9-3, 5-3 SEC) is headed to Orlando, Fla., for a school-record sixth straight bowl appearance. The No. 22 Wildcats have accepted a bid to play in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl and will face No. 15 Iowa Jan. 1 in Camping World Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN Radio and the UK Sports Radio Network.

UPDATE POSTED 4:30 P.M. Dec. 10, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – The honors keep rolling in for Kentucky’s Darian Kinnard. The senior offensive tackle has been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association presented by the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, it was announced today.

Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, becomes the 12th Wildcat in program history named to the FWAA All-America First Team, joining Bob Gain, Tackle (1950); Doug Moseley, Center (1951); Ray Correll, Guard (1953); Lou Michaels, Tackle  (1957); Sam Ball, Tackle (1965); Art Still, End (1977); Tim Couch, Quarterback (1998); James Whalen, Tight End (1999); Derek Abney, Kick Returner (2002); Josh Allen, Linebacker (2018) and Max Duffy, Punter (2019).

He is UK’s third First-Team All-American in the last four years and the first offensive lineman to earn first-team honors since Sam Ball in 1965.

Kinnard led the team with 30 knockdown blocks in 12 games for the 22nd-ranked Wildcats this season. Pro Football Focus evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker.

He was recently awarded the Southeastern Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He also was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville. In addition, he has earned first-team All-America honors from Walter Camp, CBS/247sports and the Senior Bowl and second-team All-America by PFF and The Athletic.

UPDATE POSTED 9:30 P.M. Dec. 9, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard has been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association presented by the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, it was announced Thursday tonight.

He is UK’s third Walter Camp All-American in the last four years and 12th overall. Wildcats linebacker Josh Allen was named to the first team in 2018, while punter Max Duffy earned first-team honors in 2019.

Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, continues to rack up the postseason honors this season after leading the team at the right tackle position with 30 knockdown blocks. He also allowed only one quarterback sack in 375 pass plays. Pro Football Focus evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker.

Kinnard was recently awarded the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman. He also was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville. In addition, he has earned first-team All-America honors by CBS/247sports and the Senior Bowl and second-team All-America by PFF and The Athletic.

Under Kinnard’s leadership on the offensive line, the Wildcats’ offense is averaging 431.1 total yards per game, including 206.1 on the ground, and is averaging 6.57 yards per play, which would set a new school record for a season. According to PFF, UK leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt.

Kinnard becomes the 12th Wildcat in program history named to the FWAA All-America First Team, joining Bob Gain, Tackle (1950); Doug Moseley, Center (1951); Ray Correll, Guard (1953); Lou Michaels, Tackle  (1957); Sam Ball, Tackle (1965); Art Still, End (1977); Tim Couch, Quarterback (1998); James Whalen, Tight End (1999); Derek Abney, Kick Returner (2002); Josh Allen, Linebacker (2018) and Max Duffy, Punter (2019).  He is UK’s third First-Team All-American in the last four years and the first offensive lineman to earn first-team honors since Sam Ball in 1965.

Postseason Awards for Kinnard:

First-Team All-America (Walter Camp, CBS Sports, Reese’s Senior Bowl)

Second-Team All-American (PFF)

First-Team All-SEC (AP, PFF, Coaches)

2021 Jacobs Blocking Trophy

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 5 P.M. DEC. 9, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky senior offensive tackle Darian Kinnard and junior wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson have been named second-team All-Americans by Pro Football Focus, it was announced today. Kinnard also was named a second-team All-American by The Athletic.

Kinnard, a 6-foot-5, 338-pound mountain from Knoxville, Tennessee, continues to rack up the postseason honors this season after leading the team at the right tackle position with 30 knockdown blocks. He also allowed only one quarterback sack in 375 pass plays.

PFF evaluated Kinnard as one of only three Power Five tackles to grade at 85 or better as both a run and pass blocker.

Kinnard was recently awarded the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, just the second Kentucky player to win the award, which annually has been given to the SEC’s top blocker since 1935.  He was a semifinalist for both the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award, given to an offensive or defensive lineman who combines outstanding performance on the field with the character and discipline of NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi, and the Outland Trophy, given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.

He also was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following wins over Vanderbilt and Louisville. In addition, he has earned first-team All-America honors by CBS/247sports and the Senior Bowl.

Under Kinnard’s leadership on the offensive line, the Wildcats’ offense is averaging 431.1 total yards per game, including 206.1 on the ground, and is averaging 6.57 yards per play, which would set a new school record for a season. According to PFF, UK leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact, averaging 2.6 yards per attempt.

Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 183-pounder from Frankfort, Kentucky, has been one of the most electric players to ever come through the Kentucky football program. The transfer from Nebraska has caught a team-high 94 passes, a school single-season record, and his 1,164 receiving yards are second on UK’s single-season list. He ranks sixth nationally in receptions per game and has 11 plays of 30+ yards.

In 12 games this season, Robinson has five 100-yard games which ranks second on UK’s single-season list. He joins Randall Cobb as the only two receivers in school history to have 12 or more receptions in multiple games during their career. Robinson was an All-SEC First Team selection by PFF and a second-team All-SEC choice by the league’s coaches.

Postseason Awards for Kinnard:

First-Team All-America (CBS Sports, Senior Bowl)

Second-Team All-America (PFF, The Athletic)

First-Team All-SEC (PFF, Coaches, AP)

2021 Jacobs Blocking Trophy

Postseason Awards for Robinson:

Second-Team All-America (PFF)

First-Team All-SEC (PFF)

Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP)

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