The chip on Benny Snell’s shoulder just got a little bigger. This morning, ESPN released its list of the Top 50 players in college football and Snell did NOT make the list despite being named to the Associated Press All-SEC First Team last season.
Now, there are a lot of talented players in college football this year, but Snell’s snub is especially egregious when you consider that TEN running backs made the list ahead of him:
- 2. Bryce Love, Stanford
- 7. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
- 13. Damien Harris, Alabama
- 21. Cam Akers, Florida State
- 23. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State
- 28. Myles Gaskin, Washington
- 33. D’Andre Swift, Georgia
- 36. A.J. Dillon, Boston College
- 44. Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
- 50. Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
Snell ended the regular season leading the SEC in rushing yards (1,318), carries (256), and touchdowns (18). Once the postseason was over, he ranked fifth nationally in rushing TDs (19), ninth in total TDs (19), 23rd in total points scored (114), and 18th in scoring per game (8.9). He’s only the third player in SEC history to have at least 1,000 rushing yards and at least 13 rushing touchdowns in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, joining Herschel Walker (Georgia, 1980-1981) and Knowshon Moreno (Georgia, 2007-2008). Those stats are impressive enough, but the folks who made these rankings did them with the 2018 season in mind, and as long as Benny stays healthy, he’s going to have a monster year.
Last year, Benny set USA Today’s preseason rankings on fire when he saw Kentucky was 71st; I fully expect him to take a lighter to this list…or maybe a flaming sledgehammer?