ESPN has released their official preseason Heisman watchlist, and Kentucky running back Benny Snell was not included in the top ten.
Four running backs made the list, including Stanford’s Bryce Love, Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson, and Boston College’s AJ Dillon.
Former Kentucky target and in-state talent Damien Harris was also snubbed.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 24, 2018
As we told you earlier, CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee believes that if Benny were on a more high-profile team, he’d be a Heisman candidate.
“He is one of those guys that you don’t really know about from a national perspective until you see him, and then when you see him play, it’s like, ‘Wow, this kid is an absolute monster.’
“If you put him on any other roster, he’s a Heisman candidate. He just isn’t going to get it done at Kentucky because no one watches Kentucky.”
Love rushed for 2118 yards and 19 touchdowns at Stanford last year, while Taylor rushed for 1977 yards and 13 touchdowns as a freshman last year at Wisconsin. Anderson rushed for 1166 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Sooners in 2017, while Dillon ran for 1589 yards and 14 touchdowns at Boston College.
Snell, on the other hand, rushed for 1333 yards and 19 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
I guess Benny is just going to have to prove the world wrong yet again.