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Eddie Gran Loves Benny Snell’s Confidence

Benny Snell’s swagger was on full display at SEC Media Days.  The Kentucky running back put the league on notice by declaring, “I am the best running back in the SEC.”  Snell doubled down by explaining why Benny Snell is the best in third person.

Many embraced Snell’s swagger, but some people worried Benny got a little too big for his britches.  His coach was not concerned at all.

“I love it,” said running backs coach and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran at yesterday’s kickoff lunch.  “Back it up and go play.”

Kentucky’s first back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher was named First Team All-SEC at the conclusion of SEC Media Days.  Snell spoke it into existence, but he has the numbers and work ethic to back up the big talk.

“What you love about him is that he comes out here everyday and he goes to work.  He practices hard and gives everything he’s got.  He’s going to do that.  Whether he’s the best running back in the country or not, that will remain to be seen. But you gotta love that confidence. He’s going to give you everything he’s got, so I’m okay with it.”


If Snell doesn’t give everything he’s got, two players fighting for playing time are ready to take his reps.  A.J. Rose had an excellent spring season and Sihiem King wants to make the most of his final year at UK.

“They’re going to push him. Everything’s open,” Gran said.  “You can’t rest on your laurels.  It’s time to move forward.  Benny did that in the middle of the season last year and he got better.  If he continues to do that, we’ll be in great shape.  Those guys pushing him has been really good for that room.”

Rose stole the show in the spring game when he carried the ball 11 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns.  King missed out on the opportunity when he suffered a concussion, but Mark Stoops has seen something new from the speedster ahead of his senior season.

“We knew he had it in him do that,” Stoops said yesterday.  “It’s been very nice to see him do it…to force us to play him.  You’re starting to see that from him.  He’s doing a lot of things well, particularly in a leadership role.”

Kentucky will add a pair of freshmen running backs, Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez, to make Gran’s meeting room one of the most competitive in the football complex.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 Comments for Eddie Gran Loves Benny Snell’s Confidence

  1. dismore
    4:33 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    We will need a passing game for Benny to be successful. Big question marks in that area.

    • foamfinger
      4:43 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, there are question marks, but Hoak knows the system, looks like he makes good decisions, and can make all the throws. I’m not as sold on Wilson just because he is so new to the program and system, but he is definitely a great athlete.

    • dismore
      6:04 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      All good points. I’m big on Hoak. I could understand if he struggles and Wilson has learned the system that Wilson plays but at this point I hope Hoak can spin it like advertised. I know experience is HUGE and Johnson was a winner but I think we could be better at the QB position half way through the year compared to last year.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:44 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      We haven’t had a great passing game the last couple of years, and Benny did pretty well.

  2. ukfaningatorland
    6:09 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    The football’s like a one-man cold to Clifford Franklin. Clifford Franklin’s the only man catchin’ it, Clifford Franklin’s the only man comin’ down wid it.

  3. StuckinLville
    6:58 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

    There is a thin line between confident and cocky and I’m afraid Benny is making himself a target. That third person talk is garbage and Stoops should put an end to it just as he better get Jordan Jones on a leash. He was an embarrassment at times last year and actually cost his team games. Our players have no grounds to be cocky.

    • UoKFB PHAN
      7:34 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Spot on! You can’t tell me other players aren’t looking to get a shot at Benny after the comments. You always have to worry if someone might take a cheapshot with all the talk. I hope he realizes his on-field performance will more than do the talking for him.

    • cats646
      9:51 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Jordan jones never once costed us a game. Not even close. What world are you living in? Also, UofK Phan, Benny is the RUNNING BACK. Not just any running back, the best in the SEC. People are going to take shots at him anyways so he might as well be cocky and try to intimidate them instead of sitting in the corner sucking his thumb and talking about how he’s not the best running back in the SEC. It’s football y’all! Toughen up!!

      11:05 pm July 26, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you! Y’all must not be UK fans bc what did he say wrong!? Statistically, he IS the best returning rb in the SEC. He’s 1st/2nd team All-SEC. Are y’all UK fans!? And I like the confidence. I’m tired of this mindset “oh you better be careful what you say bc the big bad SEC teams is gunna make us pay” bs. I feel like we gotta shot with every team on the schedule and if we wanna take the next step, we gotta start believing we can beat whoever