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Benny Snell snubbed from ESPN’s Top 50 Players list

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?

[ESPN Top 50 Players in College Football]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Benny Snell snubbed from ESPN’s Top 50 Players list

  1. Blue Bill
    11:00 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    I almost feel sorry for some of the defenses coming up, Benny gonna hurt somebody!!

  2. blord40
    11:01 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    D Harris is 13th and Benny is MIA? That’s trash.

  3. Josh Jordan
    11:07 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Well they’ll find out that Benny is def a Top 50 player when they keep adding motivation for him to prove them wrong!!!! Get em Benny!!!

  4. BluemanGreen
    11:17 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    This is absolute garbage from espn. What a load of crap. No respect whatsoever. And guess what? If you don’t respect our team or our talent, then that is EVEN MORE REASON to respect benny and the numbers that he has put up! If we suck so bad then how does he put up such amazing stats against SEC defenses??? WAKE UP ESPN!

  5. bmw1025
    11:26 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    He’s not one of the top 50 players in the nation. The SEC defenses he has faced have been uncharacteristically weak during his career and he probably averages over 20 carries a game. I give him credit for being an extremely hard worker and gritty ballcarrier that does possess outstanding strength. However, strength and toughness, while being worthy of note, do not automatically assure you a spot among the elite in the country. He isn’t even the most talented back on UK’s roster.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      11:42 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

      He actually averaged just over 21 carries per game in the regular season. However, he gained just over 1300 yards, meaning he had a 5.1YPC for the season!

    • bmw, yes, he is the most talented back. Just because strength may be his main asset doesn’t mean he isn’t better than some players on the list. Speed isn’t the only important factor. Besides, it’s not like he only has the speed of a 350 lb lineman.

    • Corder
      12:47 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

      Then who’s the most talented back on the roster smart guy?

    • CombatMedic_98
      2:16 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

      Dude…cum on’! Are you even serious!? Need to reconfigure your ‘stats…I guess the leading rusher in the SEC accidentally got 5.1 YPC…but because we didn’t win SEC Championship or National Championship he isn’t a stellar back or worthy of attention. I hope me pulverize teams this year to a point we get every 5 star recruit next season…it’s time for a new atmosphere for the UK football team!

    • UoKFB PHAN
      6:50 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

      BMW1025, if you’re going to make a statement saying Benny isn’t the most talented back on the team then you need to let us know who you think is the most talented. I personally think AJ is going to surprise people this year but I’m not ready to put him above Benny until he can prove it with 2 years of results.

  6. Rick_S
    11:41 am August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Damien Harris over Benny? bababawawabahahaha

  7. CombatMedic_98
    2:19 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Been Snell…Don’t just #GETUP it’s time to #RUNTHRU/OVER/ONTOP of these teams.

  8. cats646
    2:23 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Benny is the best back in the SEC and it’s not close at all. Snell yea!!!!!!!!!! #Damienharrissucks!

  9. Bluebloodtoo
    4:14 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Sometimes i wonder if this is better. It gives Benny more ammo.

  10. sprtphan
    4:21 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    Get over the preseason hype crap. Plenty of opportunities to prove it on the field.

  11. Headhurts
    4:31 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    It shows that the people at ESPN involved in this poll did’nt do their homework, I think KY football is better off being overlooked than over-hyped, so the team stays focused, besides it’s more fun to rub the media’s nose in it, when their wrong.

  12. InigoMontoya
    5:32 pm August 6, 2018 Permalink

    No mercy!
    No prisoners!

  13. bigcatrob227
    3:01 am August 7, 2018 Permalink

    Where do you want Snell on this list? Those top 6 running backs are all reallllly good. They’re not ranking them based on productivity

  14. bmw1025
    9:23 pm August 8, 2018 Permalink

    My sincerest apologies for unresponsiveness, been busy. I firmly believe that Rose is the most talented back on the roster based on sheer size and athleticism. In response to those quoting his YPC average, I would refer to my previous post mentioning that SEC defenses have not been as unforgiving in recent years. Not to mention, Snell has benefited from offensive line play that has been, at least for Kentucky standards, stellar. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but statistics can, often times, be misleading.