If you’re a living, breathing Kentucky football fan, you love Benny Snell. After just one season, Benny’s become one of the most lovable players in the Mark Stoops era, scoring a team-high 13 touchdowns and setting a new Kentucky freshman record for rushing yards with 1,091. As only one of two running backs named to the SEC All-Freshman Team, it’s hard to believe that anyone overlooked Benny in high school, but they did. Considered a three-star prospect by most services, Benny developed a chip on his shoulder that helped fuel his historic freshman season. Last month, “Benny Tha Bandit” opened up on his breakout year in his debut rap track, “Like I Do”:
“Been struggling all my life just to make it out.
More fans showing up to see what all the talk’s about.
If football don’t work, you know I’ve got to take the lyric route.
When against my team, boy, you know that’s a three-and-out.”
ESPN’s Greg Ostendorf interviewed Benny about his music, and the freshman phenom had this to say:
“I was happy I was unknown,” he said. “I just knew that a camp or a rating wouldn’t define how I am as a whole football player. It’s impossible. So I just had so much to show, so much to prove, to myself and to everybody else. I just kept that [chip] on my shoulder as I played.”
Read the rest of Benny’s interview at the Worldwide Leader, and enjoy his music below. And highlights just because I’ve missed football.