Big Blue return: Kentucky starter Luke Fortner announces he will return in 2021
The good news continues to roll in for Mark Stoops’ Kentucky program as another senior has announced he will return to Lexington for the 2021 season.
Just moments after All-American starting right tackle Darrin Kinnard announced he would be returning for his senior season, Luke Fortner — the team’s starting right guard — announced he too would be returning for another run in Lexington.
“Can’t wait to play for Coach Stoops another year. Best around,” Fortner tweeted.
Fortner started nine of Kentucky’s 10 games this season, all at the right guard position. During the 2019 season, Fortner started all of Kentucky’s 13 games at right guard.
Following these commitments, Kentucky now has gotten return commitments from the following seniors: WR Josh Ali, TE Justin Rigg, DB Zach Johnson, DB Davonte Robinson, DB Quandre Mosely, DL Josh Paschal and Fortner.
While each of these returns is big for Kentucky, having the entire right side of the offensive line back for another season could prove to be the biggest boost to the team’s 2021 season.
If you were unaware, all returning seniors in 2021 won’t count against the 85-man scholarship limits. This decision comes after the NCAA gave all players the option to use a free season of eligibility in 2020.