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Benny Snell | Running Back

Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 223

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Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell will play in the team's Citrus Bowl matchup with Penn State on Jan. 1.
Snell (5'11/223) declared for the draft earlier on Friday, but while many draft declarations come with a subsequent bowl skippage, that won't be the case with the junior standout. A potential Day 2 prospect for the spring, Snell is currently just four yards shy of setting a new season-best mark for rushing yardage. He's currently sitting on 1,330 yards and 14 touchdowns for the campaign. Dec 14 - 5:19 PM

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Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Snell (5'11/223) has been the definition of a workhorse during his career at Kentucky, topping 1,000 while registering double-digit touchdowns in each of his three seasons on campus. For the just-completed campaign, he logged 1,330 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Physicality is the buzzword with Snell. He's also a strong pass-blocker and scheme-versatile to boot. What to look for during his evaluating process -- Snell's athletic testing numbers later this winter are going to be crucial, as he's not the fastest nor shiftiest of backs. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller forwarded him as a potential Day 2 selection in his Dec. 7 scouting notebook. Miller, it should be noted, does not believe there is a Round 1 running back in the draft-eligible class for 2019. This seems to be a consensus view at this juncture. We'll see if things change as the process moves along on its merry way.
Dec 14 - 3:24 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 56-10 thumping of Louisville on Saturday.

The Wildcats now have a nine-win season for the first time since 1984. Not just a basketball school anymore. Snell was outstanding, and if this game was even kind of competitive, he would have had a much bigger day. He still is able to reach the hundred-yard mark for the second straight game, and his regular season ends with 1,305 yards. Depending on how things go, Kentucky has a slim chance of reaching a New Year's Six bowl, but either way, it should be a quality game for the Wildcats.
Nov 24 - 10:20 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell ran for two scores and 115 yards on 25 carries in a 34-23 victory over Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

Snell gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead when he scored from seven yards out in the middle of the first, and he scored again on a six-yard plunge that opened up Kentucky's lead to 31-10 in the third. He was mostly held in check by the Blue Raiders outside of the scores, but Snell did what he's done all year: Keep the Wildcats on schedule. A monster game for the junior could come next Saturday when Snell and the Wildcats take on Louisville.
Nov 17 - 3:12 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell (ankle) rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries in Saturday's 24-7 loss to Tennessee.

The Wildcats were looking to get up off the mat after Georgia handed them a bitter defeat last weekend. They failed, big time. Snell came into the game dealing with a minor ankle injury and did manage to put up a respectable yardage total, but it's difficult to find positives in this one. We expect a stronger effort against MTSU next weekend. If there is any lingering injury concern, here, that will come out during the upcoming practice week.
Nov 10 - 7:45 PM

Kentucky RB coach Eddie Gran said on Tuesday that junior RB Benny Snell (ankle) had been showing no limitation.

Snell bruised his ankle in last weekend's loss to Georgia. We've seen no negative news on his status in the back half of the practice week and expect him to be able to play as normal against Tennessee on Saturday barring setback.
Nov 9 - 2:48 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed 20 times for 73 yards and a score in Saturday's 34-17 loss to Georgia.

Snell left the game late in the first quarter with an ankle injury but returned in time for Kentucky's first possession of the second half. This was Snell's second consecutive sluggish performance. Georgia had struggled some against the run this year, so it's plausible that the injury hindered his effectiveness. Snell's long run went for a mere 11 yards.
Nov 3 - 7:34 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell (ankle) returned to the lineup for Kentucky's first possession of the second half of Saturday's game against Georgia.

Snell left the game late in the first quarter with the ankle injury, getting re-taped during halftime. The junior standout's return is good news for Kentucky, as he rushed for 61 yards on 17 carries in the first half. And with the Wildcats struggling to get much going offensively, they can ill afford to be without Snell as they look to mount a comeback against the visiting Bulldogs.
Nov 3 - 5:39 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell had his ankle taped and won't be back for the Wildcats until the start of the second half.

Snell appeared to tweak his ankle at the end of one of the Wildcat's drive. They'll re-tape the ankle and he should be good to go for the final 30 minutes, but it's a situation worth monitoring.
Nov 3 - 5:03 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed 19 times for 67 yards in Saturday's 15-14 win at Missouri, but he was benched for a good chunk of the fourth quarter after a costly personal foul.

Snell was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the final play of the third quarter HC Mark Stoops turned to Asim Rose for a few minutes in the fourth quarter. However, with the game on the line, Stoops wisely had Snell back on the field in the team's improbable comeback win. Snell will look to atone next week in a key SEC East showdown when Georgia pays a visit to Lexington.
Oct 27 - 7:52 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed 32 times for 169 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 14-7 victory against Vanderbilt.

The Wildcats eschewed the pass for a ground and pound attack, as just one Wildcats player (Lynn Bowden Jr.) had any receptions. Snell was front and center in the offensive attack, as you would imagine. He is currently third in the SEC in rushing yardage behind Texas A&M's Trayveon Williams (139-798-8) and Mississippi's Scottie Phillips (108-723-9). Snell will look to make up some ground on his counterparts against the defensively challenged Missouri Tigers next Saturday afternoon in Columbia.
Oct 21 - 12:26 AM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed for 60 yards on 13 carries in Saturday's 20-16 overtime loss to Texas A&M.

On a 3rd and two in overtime, Kentucky opted to not give the ball to Heisman hopeful Benny Snell (5'11/223) which resulted in a sack, a missed field goal attempt, and ultimately a loss. Snell has been a workhorse all year long, but he was given a season-low 13 carries that led to a season-low 60 rushing yards tonight. Of course, Snell was effective on his carries (4.6 YPC) as he's been all year long. Kentucky is still a quality team, but it was disappointing that they lost a game they could have won. Snell and the Wildcats get Vanderbilt on October 20th after this week's bye.
Oct 6 - 10:37 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed for 99 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries in Saturday's 24-10 win over South Carolina.

Kentucky moves to 5-0 with the win and is shaping up to be an actual competitor in the SEC. Of course, the Wildcats wouldn't be in the position they are in without Benny Snell. In today's game, Snell wasn't overly efficient (3.5 yards per carry) but he was able to wear out the Gamecocks with powerful runs that chewed clock. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound tailback has 633 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the year, and he needs to be included in Heisman talks while Kentucky remains undefeated. The Wildcats will travel to Texas A&M next week.
Sep 29 - 11:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell as one of the players who improved his stock after his performance against Mississippi State on Saturday.

Snell was a mad man and ran like it in the victory, picking up four rushing touchdowns and 165 yards in the 28-7 victory over the Bulldogs. Pauline came away impressed in large part to what he was able to do against a defense that boasts several NFL prospects. "...Snell is a complete ball carrier who combines power, vision and terrific short-area quickness to constantly pick up big yardage," Pauline writes. "Snell overruns defenders with power, runs around them with quickness or runs away from them with speed." The 5-foot-11, 223-pound tailback has entered Heisman talk, and Pauline currently views him as a potential top 60 selection in 2019.
Sep 24 - 3:26 PM

Kentucky junior RB Benny Snell rushed 26 times for 165 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 28-7 romp against Mississippi State.

Snell has been a beast, racking up at least 125 rushing yards in each of his three meetings against FBS opponents this season. He has seven rushing scores overall this season, and as long as he stays healthy the Wildcats look to be a tough out in the SEC. Snell could become the first Kentucky running back to lead the SEC in rushing since Artose Pinner posted 1,414 yards in 2002. He could also challenge the single-season record for Kentucky, when Moe Williams gobbled up 1,600 yards in 1995. Next up is a home battle against South Carolina.
Sep 23 - 12:19 AM