Kentucky’s 2018 football motto derived from one of the most controversial officiating decisions from the 2017 season. It ended Benny Snell’s sophomore season and drastically hurt UK’s chances of winning the Music City Bowl.
You remember the play. Snell was on the turf and when an official went to help him up, he declined the help and got up on his own. He was thrown out of the game because he brushed aside the officials (despite the official making contact first) and now UK is using #GetUp for the 2018 season.
Snell told the KSR crew on Tuesday that he hasn’t forgotten.
“They took me out the game early last year,” Snell said. “I’m ready to get back. I’ll forever remember that.”
Matt Jones reminded Snell how the ejection became a national story and put the UK back on the map after back-to-back successful seasons.
“At the end of the day when I was talking to my parents and some of the coaches it was like a blessing in disguise,” Snell said. “I learned my lesson from it- the lesson is to stay far away from a ref as possible, or do what they say.”
Matt suggested just allowing the officials to help him up? It wasn’t surprising to hear Snell disagree.
“Stay away. I gotta stay away.
Smart, Benny. Smart.
The entire audio is below and it’s the start of the interview.