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Benny Snell leads the SEC in rushing attempts, fourth nationally

We knew Benny Snell’s usage would be going up with the departure of Boom Williams, but I don’t know if anyone expected numbers like this.

Snell is leading the SEC in rushing attempts on the year.

Nationally, he is tied with three other backs at fourth overall in rushing attempts, with the leader being D’Angelo Brewer at Tulsa with 98 carries.

Snell is also 38th nationally in rushing yards on the season:

Kentucky’s premier back started out the year slow against Southern Miss, but he has followed it up with two consecutive 100-yard outings.

And I doubt he plans on slowing down anytime soon.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Benny Snell leads the SEC in rushing attempts, fourth nationally

  1. luke_emberton
    5:53 pm September 17, 2017 Permalink

    he’s taking way too much punishment he’s gonna tire out later on in the year we need AJ Rose and Sihiem King to take the pressure off of Benny

  2. MakersMike
    8:34 pm September 17, 2017 Permalink

    Big Benny fan, but 30 touches a game is a bit high. Everyone knows he’s going right off tackle. Siheim is averaging over 6 yds/carry with a high juke rate. Bowden is a wizard in the open field. Mixing up schemes would wreak havoc and open up massive lanes on play-action to a streaming Conrad or slanting Juice, plus keep Benny’s legs fresh so he can move a pile of men when we really need him to. And I’m not talking wildcat. Go Cats.

  3. maximumscott
    8:38 pm September 17, 2017 Permalink

    Actually, alot of RBs typically take majority of a teams carries. That is why we were i belive the only Power 5 team with 2 1000 yd rushers last year. Its just not typical to have 2 really good backs on avg. it does happen though. This year will be a year where Benny will take 75-80% of the snaps. He will see 20-30 attempts in any game this season. That number depends heavily on the success of other run packages for other backs. I have a Feeling Lynn Bowden will be a terror in the Wildcat once that first TD pass is thrown against a team loading the Box. Might even be Florida. RBs get abused on the daily. Lets just hope he stays healthy, but you have to use him in the way we are bc he is our #1. Im sure we will develop another go to during the 2nd part of the season.

  4. Bozferatu
    1:10 am September 18, 2017 Permalink

    I feel like King needs to warrant 10 or so touches a game in order to keep Benny healthy and fresh. The years still early so maybe he rises to that level, he’s definitely looked capable of it at times. Benny is a monster, but if he’s averaging 30+ carries a game… Health becomes an issue. Even Benny needs a break. If not King, Johnson might need to get involved more in the running game. Absolutely no knocking any of them, but I’m pretty sure they’d all agree that Benny’s back will get tired if he has to shoulder the whole load.

    • foamfinger
      7:49 am September 18, 2017 Permalink

      I wonder why Gran and other staff aren’t inserting King in there more. They said he has played very well from a technical standpoint (which is why he is ahead of Rose) and the eye test says he is a legit threat in the backfield. Is it because he is too small and may not be reliable if they do give him 10 touches a game due to fear of injury? Boom was about 20 lb. heavier, I believe.