We’ve seen Benny Snell’s greatness since week three, but it took a 192-yard two touchdown performance against Missouri to grab the rest of the nation’s attention. This week he was ranked No. 8 in Pro Football Focus’ weekly Top 10 true freshman list.
New to the list this week, Snell, Jr. now has back-to-back 100-plus yard outings as he’s been an important figure in Kentucky’s three-game winning streak in the SEC. He’s forced 19 missed tackles and his eight touchdowns rank second among true freshmen and the combination Snell and RB Stanley Williams in the Kentucky backfield has sparked the midseason surge by the Wildcats.
Snell didn’t play in the first two games of the season, yet he still carries for 82.63 yards per game. That’s ranked 56th nationally, third among all freshmen. Since the New Mexico State game Snell’s averaged 110.16 yards per game, which would put him in the top 25 nationally, just behind 2015 Heisman Finalist Christian McCaffrey.
Despite his success, it will not be easy for Snell to win SEC’s Freshman of the Year. Texas A&M’s true freshman running back Trayveon Williams has rushed for 115 more yards, but Snell has two more touchdowns with eight. He’s tied for second in the conference in touchdowns with Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson, just one behind a pair of quarterbacks — Jalen Hurts and Trevor Knight.
Snell’s incredible stats are only through six games. As Mark Stoops might say, “he’s just getting started, bro.”