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.”