By LARRY VAUGHT
For the second straight year Kentucky has lost a starting offensive lineman to a season-ending knee injury.
Junior Landon Young sustained the injury to his right knee in practice Friday and UK confirmed Saturday that he was out for the year. Coach Mark Stoops will say more about Young’s injury Monday during his pregame press conference for the season-opening game against Central Michigan Sept. 1.
Young was part of the line that had to overcome the loss to scheduled starting left tackle Cole Mosier before the start of the 2017 season. The Lexington Lafayette product has started 15 games in two years and played in all 26 games in the last two season.
He’s helped running back Benny Snell rush for over 1,000 yards each of the last two seasons. Kentucky also had Boom Williams rush for over 1,000 yards in 2016 when Young was a freshman.
Young along with guards Logan Stenberg and Bunchy Stallings, center Drake Jackson and tackle George Asafo-Adjei gave UK five returning offensive line starters. Both offensive coordinator Eddie Gran and tight ends coach Vince Marrow said Tuesday that they felt the offensive line could be nine deep.
USC transfer E.J. Price, who missed practice Tuesday with a hand injury, has been listed as Young’s backup along with redshirt freshman Naasir Watkins. Kentucky could also flip Asafo-Adjei from right tackle to left tackle. Marrow also said that true freshman Darian Kinnard has been so impressive that he was forcing UK coaches to figure how to play him.