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Future UK Running Backs Combine for Five TD’s in Ohio North-South Game

Rose (left) via @GHFBDawgs and Snell via The Columbus Dispatch.

Rose (left) via @GHFBDawgs and Snell via  The Columbus Dispatch.

Rose (left) via @GHFBDawgs and Snell via The Columbus Dispatch.

A.J. Rose scored a pair of touchdowns playing quarterback and running back for the North,  while Benny Snell ran into the end zone three times for the South to earn MVP honors in a 49-26 win.

The North-South all-star game was played in the rain Saturday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, featuring the best players from Ohio’s top three classes.  Tight end Justin Rigg joined Snell on the South and punter Grant McKinniss kicked alongside Rose for the North.

Rose did not receive the same accolades as Snell, but he deserves credit for doing a little more on the field.  Before this score he threw a halfback pass for 21 yards, something to keep an eye on when he gets to Kentucky.

Even though they’ve become friends during their visits to Lexington, it was the first time they’ve seen one another in pads.  Before they enter Eddie Gran’s running back group, Snell has a slight one up on Rose after this game, but he’s excited to be on his side in the fall.

“He’s a good runner, and I’m glad to have him as a teammate because we’re going to have a lot of fun in Lexington,” Snell told Matt Goul of Cleveland.com after the game. “You know, we’re weapons all around, so you can use us however you want to.”

For more highlights from the game — including a stiff-arm from Rose and an end zone dive from  Snell — and a chance to give them “Top Play” honors, visit Cleveland.com here.

Article written by Nick Roush

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