— 💎Darian Kinnard💎 (@Darian_70) January 4, 2021
Can’t wait to play for Coach Stoops another year. Best around. https://t.co/rUmfugLcxr
— Luke Fortner (@LukeNV77) January 4, 2021
Kinnard will return for his senior season at UK after much speculation he’d declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Fortner will be taking advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver to return for a sixth season at Kentucky.
While Kinnard and Fortner will return, senior All-SEC offensive tackle Landon Young will not, as he announced he will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
I want to thank @UKFootball, @UKCoachStoops, staff and BBN for everything this program has done for me over the last 5 years. Most of all I want to thank God for the many countless blessings. I hope to continue representing this state and program at the next level! pic.twitter.com/xBYDkmQ6OV
— Landon Young (@Landon_Young_67) January 4, 2021
This means UK will return three starters from their 2020 offensive line in Kinnard and Fortner and guard Kenneth Horsey. Center Drake Jackson has not yet announced his plans for 2021 but is expected to declare for the draft.
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