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An emotional Benny Snell vows to get past first fumble


Bless Benny Snell’s heart, he hasn’t known a lot of heartbreak as a Kentucky football player yet. Snell had a chance to turn the game on its head in the third quarter and put the Cats within five, but after taking it all the way to the four yard line, he fumbled, his first turnover as a Wildcat. From there, Tennessee marched down the field and scored, pushing the lead to 19 and out of reach.

Of all of the players that came out to meet the media, Benny was by far the most emotional.  

“I’ve just got all the seniors and coaches telling me I’ve got a lot of potential, so I’ve got to get past it,” Benny said of the fumble. “I’m hard on myself. I’m going to dig down deep to forget about it and make myself better. That’s all I can do.”

While everyone wanted to talk about his turnover, Benny said he was most upset about the loss.

“The loss is more than what the fumble was. I want to win. That’s my main thing. I want to do whatever I can to win for the team,” Benny said. “It’s very frustrating. But all we can do is get better as a team and there’s a lot of things we can learn from that game.”

Boom Williams comforted Benny after the game, encouraging him to shake the fumble off.

“I just got done talking to him to make sure he’s okay and let him know that we still could have won the game after the fumble, but like I said, he’s fine. I think he was ready to come back in,” Boom said.

Even in the loss, Kentucky put up a ridiculous 443 yards rushing, which Benny attributed to his offensive line.

“I’m very impressed by my o-line,” he said. “That was really an amazing job by those guys.”

Where does Kentucky go from here?

“We’ve got to keep finishing. Finish is our main word. We’ve got to keep, keep, keep, keep, keep that word around. That’s the thing we can do is just finish. I see the potential in all of those guys. We’re all family and it just feels like — we have so much skill all around and we just come up short but we’re gonna be ready for next week, I promise you.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for An emotional Benny Snell vows to get past first fumble

  1. runningunnin.454
    6:14 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    STILL the most exciting player I’ve seen at UK since Cobb.
    Keep your head up, young man, you’re going to have a terrific career; and, I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.

  2. BluKudzu
    6:31 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Defense killed us. Not the fumble.

  3. WeareBBN
    9:07 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    Love this kid and his desire. Will be the best player ever at UK when he leaves after his Junior year.

  4. foamfinger
    9:48 pm November 12, 2016 Permalink

    If we can continue to develop King, there may be little to no drop off when we lose Boom after this year.

    We can blame the defense, but with the attrition throughout the preseason and during the season, they have played to the best of their ability. In my opinion, I place the blame on the wide receivers. The continued drops when the ball is on target in critical situation is beyond ridiculous. You can say what you want about Stephen Johnson not being the greatest passer, but his stats would look significantly better if not for untimely drops. At this point, they should be better than they are. They have had years to fix the issues and most of the starters will not make it to the next level because of it. Sure, he misses on some easy throws, but the stats do not tell the entire story.

    Furthermore, the fact that he has taken us this far with a receiving corp that doesn’t help him out too much AS A BACKUP QB IN HIS FIRST YEAR OUT OF JR COLLEGE is in itself amazing. Look at Auburn’s John Franklin III. He was highly touted coming out of East Mississippi but he has done pretty much nothing this year at Auburn in a highly QB friendly system.