Landon Young - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 67


  • position Offensive Tackle
  • height 6-7
  • Weight 321
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Lexington, Ky.
  • High school Lafayette
  • Appeared in 49 career games, with 26 starts, including 24 in a row at left tackle
  • 2020 First-Team All-SEC (Coaches)
  • 2020 Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Phil Steele)
  • 2020 Third-Team All-SEC (PFF)
  • 2020 All-Bowl Team (AP, ESPN)
  • 2019 Third-Team All-SEC (Athlon Sports)
  • Three-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
  • An integral part of UK’s offensive line who were named semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award, which recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line, in 2019 and 2020
  • Part of a senior class who won 37 games (most in a five-season span since 1949-53), won 20 SEC games, most in a five-year span in school history, and who went to five straight bowl games, tying the school record … They also notched victories over six ranked opponents, ended the 31-game losing streak to Florida and won at Tennessee for the first time since 1984
  • Two-time member of the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List (2019 and 2020)
  • Pop Warner College Football Award finalist (2020)
  • Captain of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® (2019)
  • SEC Community Service Team (2019)
  • Frank G. Ham Society of Character (2019)
  • SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll (2019)
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2016-17)
  • Graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in animal sciences
2020 – Senior (Team Captain)
  • First-Team All-SEC (Coaches)
  • Second-Team All-SEC (AP, Phil Steele)
  • Third-Team All-SEC (PFF)
  • All-Bowl Team (AP, ESPN)
  • Finalist for Pop Warner College Football Award
  • Two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
  • After 11 games in 2020, graded at 89 percent, did not miss an assignment, and led the “Big Blue Wall” in knockdown blocks with 56 … Also totaled 163 blocks at the point of attack
  • Earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second time (11/16) after grading at 91 percent, leading the team in knockdown blocks with 10 and 14 blocks at the point of attack … Did not miss an assignment, allow any sacks or pressures or get penalized despite the mental strain the previous 48 hours had taken on him with Schlarman’s passing
  • Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the win over Tennessee (10/19) … Graded at 90 percent with 10 knockdown blocks … Did not allow any sacks or quarterback pressures and did not miss an assignment or commit a penalty … Produced 22 blocks at the point of attack
  • Elected as one of 10 team captains
  • Preseason First-Team All-SEC (Pick Six Previews)
  • Preseason Second-Team All-SEC (Athlon Sports, Coaches, Phil Steele)
  • Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
2019 – r-Junior
  • 2019 All-SEC Third Team by Athlon
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • Named captain of the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, an annual award given to college football players for the impact they make off the field … First team captain in school history … One of just 11 FBS players chosen on the team, UK’s 15th overall player named to the prestigious team
  • Named to the SEC Community Service Team
  • Inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character which honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model
  • After missing the entire 2018 season due to injury, returned for an excellent 2019, starting in all 13 games 
  • Totaled 64 knockdown blocks
  • Only one missed assignment in 754 plays
  • In Kentucky’s win over Virginia Tech, graded at 87 percent and played every snap as the Cats rushed for 331 yards and three touchdowns … Helped set an NCAA bowl record as Lynn Bowden rushed for 233 yards, most ever by a quarterback in a bowl game … Led the team with eight knockdown blocks, did not have any missed assignments or penalties, and did not allow any quarterback sacks or pressures … Had 22 blocks at the point of attack, including on two of Kentucky’s three touchdown runs
  • Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after graded at 91 percent in the win over Eastern Michigan
  • Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-SEC, Fourth-Team Offense
  • Wuerffel Trophy Watch list
2018 – Junior
  • Redshirt season
  • Suffered a left knee injury during practice on Aug. 24 that required surgery and has not seen action
2017- Sophomore
  • Played in all 13 games with six starting assignments at left tackle
  • Helped running back Benny Snell Jr., become the first player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons
2016 – Freshman
  • An integral part of the offensive line who were named semifinalists for the Joe Moore Award which recognizes the nation’s Most Outstanding Offensive Line
  • As a team, UK averaged a school-record 5.4 yards per rushing attempt and tied the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 30
  • Blocking for Boom Williams and Benny Snell, UK was the only team in the SEC with two 1,000-yard rushers … Snell broke or tied six school records
  • Had 27 knockdown blocks
  • SEC First-year Academic Honor Roll (2016-17)
High School
  • A five-star recruit by Rivals and 247Sports
  • No. 1 prospect in Kentucky and No. 12 overall prospect in the nation by 247sports
  • Named top offensive lineman in the U.S. Army All-American Game for the West squad who won, 37-9
  • Helped Lafayette average 36.7 points per game and advance to the Class 6A state title game
  • Two-time first-team all-state selection by the Courier-Journal and The Associated Press
  • 2015 Herald-Leader “Class of Commonwealth” Six-year letterwinner in wrestling and four-year letter winner in track and field in the shot and discus
  • Won the 2016 KHSAA state wrestling title, finished his senior year with a 19-0 record on the mat
  • Ranked as the state’s top wrestler at 285 after finishing fourth in the state as a junior
  • Three-time Class 3-A track and field champion in the discus
  • Won the 2015 state shot up title and finished second in 2016
  • Named the 2014 Gatorade Kentucky Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year
  • 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics Track and Field Championships runner-up in both the shot put and discus
  • Coached in football by Eric Shaw
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • President of Lafayette’s Future Farmers of America chapter and also a member of the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Chose UK over offers from Alabama and Auburn
  • Born in Grayson County, Kentucky
  • Son of Angela and Randall Young
  • Has one sister, Audrey
  • Got married in June of 2020 to long-time girlfriend, Haleigh Johnson
Community Cats
  • Frequent visitor of a local nursing and rehabilitation center, Cambridge Place, providing joy to the residents … Because of his dedication to Cambridge Place, they honored him in February of 2020 by naming the dining hall the “Landon Young Dining Hall” 
  • Guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions
  • Habitat for Humanity volunteer in 2016
  • Helped decorate Lexington’s Hope Center – a recovery program for women, with Christmas decorations in 2018
  • Volunteered with Lexington Christian Church to do yard work for members not physically able to take care of their yard
  • As an avid animal lover and animal science major, he has volunteered to work a week each May for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky
  • One of three players chosen to participate in a week-long service trip to Ethiopia in May of 2019, where he helped deliver essential nutrition, supplies, hope and love to families living in Korah, a slum made up of all the trash accumulated in Addis Ababa; Visited an orphanage; Took teenagers from Korah to play arcade games and see the Avengers movie; Took a group of less fortunate boys to experience their home country in ways they had never seen before; Paired with a feeding program that supplies meals to government schools in Cherkos, a poorer region in Addis Ababa, helping serve meals to the kids
Landon Says
  • He chose Kentucky because he wanted to help start a legacy
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to be a veterinarian
  • When he’s not playing football he enjoys hunting, fishing and farming
  • He chose his jersey number because it was the age his grandmother passed away and he wanted to honor her
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