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Benny Snell is prepared to “Eliminate” players who aren’t Hungry


Benny Snell has had enough.

After the loss to Tennessee, Snell has a message for his teammates: buy in or get out of the way.

“We gotta get those guys that are hungry.  We gotta have everybody sold on this team and on this mission.  This loss hurt,” Snell said.

“There’s not guys that have that dog mentality, that want it, that are hungry,…It was obvious that Tennessee wanted it more than Kentucky, so that’s why the outcomes was what it was.  We gotta eliminate the guys that don’t got that hunger.  If you don’t have it anymore, we don’t need you.

The junior running back has noticed some things recently around the football facility that led to Kentucky’s embarrassing loss in Knoxville.

“We’re not one.  We weren’t being one,” he said. “I can tell when guys are going through the motions, whether it’s game or practice.  I can spot that 100 percent.  That’s really all that it comes down to.  We all gotta be sold into the plan for this to work.  Hopefully we can do that.”

Benny has a simple solution.  “Put the guys in that are gonna play.  Put the guys in that aren’t gonna hurt the team that are going to make us better.”

Snell didn’t specifically point fingers, except for the finger he pointed at himself.  The running game has not looked the same since the Bye Week.  Since then Snell has only surpassed 100 yards in a game once, against Vanderbilt.  Opposing defenses have not changed their approach.  Something’s changed with Kentucky.

“They’ve been loading the box from now till the beginning of the year.  That really shouldn’t matter to me,” Snell said. “Me, how I think of my o-line, I don’t care if the best defense in the nation lines up and loads the box. If the linemen can do what they do with their guys and get to the second level, it’s unstoppable.

“I’ve proved that my sophomore year, my freshman and my junior (year): a thousand yards, three years, so it doesn’t matter.  It matters coming off the ball and being a more physical team up front, hands down.  The run game’s not here and there at times, but that’s a team thing.  You put that blame on me.  you put that blame on my line.  All we can do is go forward from that.  It all starts up front and ends with the back.  You can always have success if you have a good line, straight up.”

Something has not been right with the offense over the last month.  Benny Snell has set out to fix the problem.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

50 responses to “Benny Snell is prepared to “Eliminate” players who aren’t Hungry”

  1. gasman01

    This team is coming apart!!

    1. big cat

      Can’t fix stupid. Thought this was on the coaches….lol. But, even if true, don’t throw teammates under the bus.

    2. mashburnfan1

      wrong big cat. If players have quit, for whatever reason, call them out and get them out.

    3. USMC5150

      I agree! The first step in addressing a problem is acknowledging one. If a player or players can see people going through the motions why aren’t the coaches. Kash may not be the best player but he is 110% heart. If they all played with that kind of heart and still lost I would be proud of them. I’m a diehard football fan but what’s going on in whatever facet on the offense is now effecting the entire team. Please play people who are going to give it their all instead of the alternative and let the chips fall where they will.

    4. CombatMedic_98

      Because they have lost faith in the coaching staff…PERIOD and it’s started with the Offense after South Carolina! They want to encourage all teammates and coaches when struggling but, we are past struggling. Leadership at the top needs realigned and reset. Players need removed and benched regardless of who they are. That’s a fact!

  2. Catlogic15

    Probably has a point but his teammates might not like this aired outside the locker room. Might make things worse.

  3. Headhurts

    Love Benny, call it like u see it bro.

  4. sportshawk

    Snell needs to shut up. This is locker room stuff that does not need to be said to the press. I don’t care how many yards he has gained. He has been horrible last few games and needs to shut up and play harder himself!

    1. cats646

      It’s hard for him to be good when the line let’s him get hit in the backfield 100% of his runs.

    2. kjd

      100% of his runs Snell is hit in the backfield, you say. Everyone knows that is not true. At least be honest in your remarks.

    3. maximumscott

      Shut it sportscawk… this offense has been terrible for the past 5-6 games. Its time someone has said something.

    4. michaelb

      Yea sportsjoke came out of no where and keeps complaining that he can’t get his call through. What a rookie lamo lol. Probably gonna type “follow me on twitter” next

    5. bigbluebanana

      We all know it’s c word medic98. Let him keep being ornery. Let him build up his own blood pressure.

    6. cats646

      Ok kjd, you got me. It’s more like 97.8% of his runs.

  5. big cat

    Sounds like we have a locker room problem. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Catfan4life-original

    Benny knows

  7. jaw2152

    Seems like on top of the second half collapses we see every year we also hear of team division every year. That kind of stuff falls on the staff and reflects team disclipline. Hate to say it but when you have that problem it will never correct without a change at the top.

  8. UKPROF

    Benny may be a great running back, but we’ll never really know because he plays at Kentucky. Recruiting ANY offensive talent to come to Kentucky is next to impossible. Why? “Come to Kentucky and play for the OC Eddie Gran!” HaHaHa, are you kidding!?

  9. angscot1

    It should be said in public. They suck so something needs to light a fire

  10. Catlogic15

    We do seem to have a “locker room issue” every year under Stoops.

  11. ScottGreene22

    Starts with stoops and staff but they don’t play a down defense has dropped off and the offense is awful in all phases

  12. Irish son

    Benny is correct and this team has problems. This team, like every Stoops team has no discipline. If the people that screw up over and over don’t get punished for it you will have even more problems

  13. makeitstop

    Victory has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan. These guys always love each other til they start losing and then it’s a circular firing squad. My guess is the D got on the offense but he seems to be calling out his line. Says if they do what they do it doesn’t matter if u load the box. Don’t really think that’s true but that’s his view so I think he’s calling them out. Wow. Good sign for the stretch run…

  14. jandlmaggard@yahoo.com

    I’ve heard enough blame, its time to shut the hell up fix the problem & produce!!!!

  15. Swizzle

    8-4 still decent, should be been better. Grans gotta go.

    1. dmill4444

      Lol, not gonna help when it’s Mark Stoops hamstringing his OC with this conservative, milk the clock offense.

  16. bigblue98

    The right tackle position sucks. We got abused there the entire game.

  17. JohnnyCheeseSticks

    Get rid of Eddie Gran. That POS isn’t hungry.

  18. Trueblue44

    Good for Snell! Damn glad the kid calls it like it is. Greatest to play the position at this school so he’s allowed to speak his mind with all the work he’s put in. As a season ticket holder, I’m invested in this program and I appreciate the honesty. It’s sad our running back has to fix the problem instead of our coach but whatever it takes. Snell speaks, they better listen. Keep doing work #26

    1. cats646

      Agree!!!!

  19. cats646

    I’m hungry. I’m hungry as hell! Put me in coach Snell!!!

    1. cats646

      On second thought I’m 5’8″ and slow so that probably wouldn’t work out. I can catch better than most of our receivers though.

  20. Cincy Cayt

    Just win the next two games where we’re highly favored and this will still be the best season in my lifetime. 9-3 with the chance of 10-3 is great

  21. davis2319

    I know one player usually can’t make a huge difference, but Landon Young being hurt is finally biting us in the ass. Combine his injury with platooning the lineman (for some odd reason) and our offense is a train wreck. If you watch any other program no one takes an offensively lineman out of the game unless they absolutely have to (injury). It is important for lineman to develop a chemistry believe it or not and it’s hard to do that if the O-Line positions are revolving doors. Hopefully we can turn this thing around because although this should’ve been a 10 win regular season, 9-3 is still sold and if we win the bowl game we can still get that 10th win. I know these next two games will be two of our easiest games of the season, but if we play like we did tonight I don’t know if we can beat anyone.

  22. Lip Man 1

    You realize this team which has had so much “success” this year according to some is one miracle play / drive away from a mediocre 6-4 record right? Really what has changed???

    1. BillytheUkkid

      I completely agree. We are over-rated for that reason.

    2. Kentuckiana

      Based on this theory, we really didn’t lose to Florida all those years consecutively.

  23. kjd

    Snell most definitely pointed fingers at players and the coaches.
    Pretty obvious, this team is divided, and the results are being seen.

  24. kjd

    The offense has been dumbed down because we don’t have a QB capable of running the whole playbook.
    Stoops insists on run heavy ball control offense.
    Scared to death of TOs so all pass plays are safe throws.
    Now Benny is airing out the locker room which will help nothing. It also reflects poorly on himself.
    Here comes another bowl game loss. Hopefully, we can survive our trip to Louisville.

  25. BillytheUkkid

    Ah, the old Kentucky football team there you are!

    1. CATandMONKEY

      I wholeheartedly wish this were less of a true statement.

  26. njCat

    7-6

  27. kjd

    After rereading his comments, this was the absolute worst thing he could. This will not help a thing. Huge mistake.

  28. slangterm

    UK has not effectively moved the ball since Stoops got here. The run game is always decent, but the pass game falters. Been maybe 4 to 6 gMes in that time UK has been able to move and throw the ball like a nor.al offense. Too much struggle.

  29. hillbilly cat

    On paper 9-3 would be a Dream season for this staff, but only UK football can make a 9-3 season seem like a huge disappointment.

    1. cats646

      If Alabama went 9-3 it would be a huge disappointment. Maybe we’re on the same level, ha

  30. kjd

    Hey Benny, how many NFL GMs will want your mouth in their locker room?

  31. zoupman

    I’ve seen it before. When coaches stubbornly play the wrong QB it takes a toll on the line.
    The fact it is almost Thanksgiving and this staff continues to blindly support the wrong QB is sad.
    Despite that, I think we can win the last two. If Stoops retains Gran, I will not renew my season tickets.

  32. Bill the Cat

    Play in first half when Benny was trying to cut back left in the backfield and Terry Wilson could’ve helped block a UT defender but instead he backpedaled behind the play leaving Benny 1 on 4. Unacceptable play from the QB! That one play alone speaks volumes.

    1. KYCat4EVER

      Great example BTC! When I saw the play I immediately thought “our QB has NO HEART and just left Benny Snell out there on an Island. How can our own coaching staff allow that”?