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.