Benny Snell had 100 yards tonight, leaving him 107 yards shy of Kentucky’s all-time rushing record. Even though it’s become a trend for star players to sit out bowl games, Benny told reporters that, as of now, he’s planning on playing in Kentucky’s to help his team and chase history.
“As of now, I’m playing in the bowl game. I’m not done yet. To add on to this, it’s not really important, but I keep it in my mind. The all-time rushing record, I got 100 tonight, so I need 100 more, and the bowl game would help me with that.”
So, what happens if Benny doesn’t get 107 yards in the bowl game? Will he come back for a senior year? Benny dipped into third person to address that hypothetical.
“If he’s not satisfied with the way his play is or if he’s not satisfied by a goal he hasn’t reached, he’s going to reach that goal. That doesn’t matter. That’s the bottom line. It depends on the things that I want for my future.”
How much is the NFL on Benny’s mind? Right now, he’s just happy to stay in the moment.
“That’s big. A lot of people talk to me about, it’s time to get your money, it’s time to do this and that. Listen. I’m 20 years old, dog. I play Fortnite, Call of Duty. I’m not a kid but I’m still having fun right now. I don’t really want to think about that right now, but it’s a decision I’m going to have to face eventually.”
Of the players Nick Roush spoke to in the locker room, Josh Allen, a potential first round draft pick, also said he’ll have a decision to make about the bowl game, but Mark Stoops said he anticipates all the starters to play.
“I am [expecting them to play]. I’ll have some conversations with these guys but we’ve had some ongoing. I do. If somebody chooses not to, we’ll address it at the time but I do anticipate everybody.”