The Kentucky Wildcats received more good news Monday as All-American offensive tackle Darian Kinnard and senior guard Luke Fortner announced they’d return to Lexington for the 2021 season.

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.

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.

Photo by Brian Simms Lexington Hearld-Leader


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