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Benny Snell is One of the Ten Best Returning Players in the SEC


When Boom Williams declared for the NFL Draft following the TaxSlayer Bowl, Mark Stoops lost a 1,000-yard rusher.  Losing the school’s ninth-best rusher would cripple most programs, but Kentucky has Benny Snell.  After just one season in Lexington, Pro Football Focus believes Snell is the ninth-best player returning in the SEC.

On 185 carries in 2016, Snell forced 44 missed tackles, and averaged 4.1 yards after contact per carry. After splitting time with Williams last year, Snell should see the bulk of carries in 2017, and is a sneaky candidate to push the 2,000-yard mark if that holds true and he can perform at the level he did in 2016.

The only other running backs PFF ranked higher than Snell are LSU’s Derrius Guice and Georgia’s Nick Chubb.  An organization that evaluates based off objective grades than subjective, anecdotal evidence, praise doesn’t get much better than this.

[Pro Football Focus]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

3 Comments for Benny Snell is One of the Ten Best Returning Players in the SEC

  1. inside info2
    3:02 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    I would be surprised if Benny gets SIGNIFICANTLY more carries this season. He will get more, but as much punishment as he takes, he wouldn’t be able to handle almost double the carries. We have several other RBs that will help him carry the load.

    Glad to have him back though. What a great, hard-nosed player.

  2. AGSlater
    3:34 pm February 14, 2017 Permalink

    Best preforming freshman I can remember. Love some Snell

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      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football