Benny Snell became a Kentucky legend by powering through tackles as an SEC running back. In his NFL preseason debut, we learned that Benny Snell football also includes catching passes.
The highlight of Benny’s performance did not come on the ground. On third and 20, the running back slipped out of the backfield for a screen. The Buccaneers gave him enough space to power past the chains and give the Steelers a first down. Two plays later, Pittsburgh scored a touchdown to take a nine-point lead.
— Asim Rose Sr. (@rose_asim) August 10, 2019
All of Benny’s best moments came in the passing game. In pass protection he nearly knocked one blitzing linebacker off his feet.
Dang. Watch @benny_snell pick up that line backer and knock him back! Love it! Go Benny! Never watched a preseason NFL game before but I'm loving cheering on all these former Wildcats #BBN @steelers pic.twitter.com/eJO5KPgQPq
— Katie McDowell (@Mrsk_mcdowell) August 10, 2019
Benny finished with two receptions for 25 yards. Finding production on the ground did not come so easily. Snell had a team-high 13 carries but not one went over five yards. He gained just 26 yards Friday night, good for a measly two yards per carry. Before you worry about his rushing stats, there are two things you must consider:
1. He’s running behind the second team offensive line.
2. It’s just the preseason.
It was a UK reunion of sorts at Heinz Field Friday night. Wearing No. 34 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Edwards made two tackles, one of which was against his former teammate. He shared the moment on Instagram.
It was not the only UK reunion this week. In a battle between the Jets and Giants, three New York Wildcats — Avery Williamson, C.J. Conrad and Jon Toth — posed for a photo following the game.