The trophy room at the snell household is getting fuller. Today the Football Writers Association of America named Benjamin Snell Jr. a Freshman All-American. Snell was also named a Freshman All-American by Pro Football Focus, ESPN and 247 Sports.
Before the season, the freshman records for touchdowns and rushing yards were held by guys named Randall Cobb and Moe Williams. Now they’re all Snell’s. He rewrote the book with 1,091 rushing yards, the sixth-most ever recorded in a single single season in UK history, and 13 touchdowns. No other freshman in America scored more touchdowns and no other freshman in the SEC scored more points (78). The numbers are even more impressive when you consider he didn’t play in the first two games of the season.
Other honors Snell’s received this season: two-time SEC Freshman of the Week, All-SEC Freshman Team by the SEC Coaches and Athlon.
There’s more to come on Snell and the season that was when my “Position Reviews and Previews” series begins tonight, starting with the team’s best unit. Will it be Snell’s running backs or the big uglies that paved the way? Stay tuned.