As Benny Snell and Josh Allen approach Kentucky’s most unbreakable records, neither are shying away from the challenge.
History stands in their way. Sonny Collins’ mark of 3,835 career rushing yards has stood for 43 years. On defense, Allen is chasing Oliver Barnett, who ended his career in 1989 with 26 sacks. The tasks are daunting, but each believe records are meant to be broken.
“The rushing record is what I’m going for. I want it,” Snell said at SEC Media Days. Already in the record books as UK’s career leader in rushing touchdowns, Benny needs a career-high 1,412 yards in 2018 to become the Cats’ all-time leading rusher. Only about 100 yards more than last season’s total, a season that ended prematurely in the Music City Bowl, the record is within Snell’s reach.
It won’t be as easy for Allen. To break Barnett’s 29-year old record, the All-SEC outside linebacker needs 12 more sacks. If he can get one sack per game, he would also set a single-season record. Allen has warned his teammates to stay away from his sack lunches.
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If Snell and Allen rewrite the record books this fall, Kentucky’s record at the end of the season will be one of the best the BBN has seen in a long time.