Another day, another accolade for Darian Kinnard. Today, Kentucky’s star offensive lineman was named First Team All-American by USA Today, adding to a long list of preseason honors. Kinnard is one of five offensive linemen on the list alongside Alabama’s Evan Neal, Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green, Iowa’s Tyler Linderbaum, and Ohio State’s Thayer Munford. He is Kentucky’s only representative on the First or Second Teams.
“Kinnard is poised to lock down a spot among the best offensive linemen in Kentucky’s history,” author Paul Myerberg wrote.
So far, Kinnard has been tabbed First Team All-American by Athlon Sports, Sporting News, Walter Camp and Pro Football Focus, which ranks the offensive tackle as one of the 50 best players in all of college football. He is also on the watch list for the Outland Trophy, presented annually to the top interior lineman on either side of the ball; if looking like a badass in chains and bandanas is part of the criteria, Kinnard’s got it locked down.