After an already-big weekend for the Big Blue Nation, current and former Cats continue to dominate in their respective leagues. Here are your Sunday afternoon news and notes:
Benny Snell, first NFL touchdown
Just one day after Kentucky demolished Louisville in the battle for the Governor’s Cup, one of UK football’s all-time greats once again made headlines in the NFL. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Benny Snell muscled the pig skin into the end zone from the 1-yard line. The former Cat put six points on the board for the Steelers, giving Pittsburgh a 17-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter.
After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin praised the rookie running back.
“[Snell] is a guy that gets better as the game goes on,” Tomlin told reporters. “He has the mentality of a featured runner.”
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 1, 2019
Before Sunday’s outing, Snell had played in eight games, recording 216 yards on 49 carries after missing three games for knee surgery. He finished Sunday with 16 carries for 63 yards. Plus, his spinning mouthpiece once again made headlines.
Benny Snell really has a spinner IN HIS MOUTHGUARD ?
— ESPN (@espn) December 1, 2019
Some things never change.
Josh Allen, record-breaking performance
Josh Allen has earned more than a hand-full of awards throughout his football career, but he added another one to the list Sunday afternoon. Allen recorded his ninth sack of the season, good for a franchise rookie record for the Jacksonville Jaguars. On Sunday, Allen had six tackles and one sack.
Allen also became the fourth player in the NFL over the last 15 seasons to post nine sacks and two forced fumbles through 12 career games.
?FRANCHISE RECORD?@JoshAllen41_'s 9 sacks are the most by a rookie in franchise history.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 1, 2019
And just in case you haven’t seen this enough… Just kidding, you could never watch this too much:
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) December 1, 2019
We’ll have more on the “BBNFL” performances of the weekend once all of the games finish this evening.
Austin MacGinnis, another NFL workout
Kentucky’s all-time leading scorer may get another shot in the league. Former Cat and friend-of-the-show Austin MacGinnis worked out with the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, according to multiple reports. The Cowboys’ current kicker missed two field goals during their Thanksgiving-day loss to the Bills, and who better to replace him than Austin MacGinnis?
If they sign him, does Drew Franklin, MacGinnis’ biggest online advocate, get some credit?
If they sign him we should get finders fees. https://t.co/HRwQkpayOz
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) December 1, 2019
Leah Edmond, SEC Player of the Year
Edmond has been a star for the Wildcats for four years, and there isn’t a more deserving player in the Southeastern Conference than the Lexington native. Edmond was named the SEC Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season. When she won the award last year, Edmond became just the second player to bring the honor to the University of Kentucky, joining Sarah Rumley from a decade earlier. Now, Edmond owns two of the Wildcats’ three.
Another Wildcat showed her some love on Twitter:
Back to back?!?!?! hold on you really like that ??? https://t.co/fWjAttgIrk
— Nick Richards (@iamnickrichards) December 1, 2019
Edmond wasn’t the only one bringing home the hardware for Kentucky. Junior libero Gabby Curry was named the SEC Libero of the Year of the second-straight year, once again staking her claim as the best defensive player in the conference. Junior setter Madison Lilley and sophomore outside hitter Alli Stumler joined Edmond and Curry on the All-SEC team, comprising the four Wildcats to make the all-conference team. UK led the conference with four players on the All-SEC team for the 2019 season.
Lynn Bowden, vote vote vote
As if there could be an article written this weekend that didn’t include Lynn Bowden. He’s up for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player in college football. Could there be an easier pick?
Still, he needs your help in the “fan vote” category. Bowden currently sits in third place, behind LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Nebraska’s Wandale Robinson.
The @hornungaward goes to CFB's most versatile player.
True story: In Oct. after multiple injuries at QB, @LynnBowden_1, UK's leading receiver, took over at QB. Since then, UK is 5-2 w/ Bowden rushing for 1,136yds + 11 TDs
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 1, 2019
Women’s basketball, winners again
The UK women’s basketball team is still undefeated, beating the Austin Peay Governors 81-52 inside Memorial Coliseum. Rhyne Howard led all scorers with 14 points.
We’ll have a full game recap posted right here on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com momentarily. Stay tuned.
That’s all for now. Go Cats.