Benny Snell and Josh Allen are chasing a pair of records that once seemed untouchable. Halfway through the season, they’re right on track to secure a spot at the top of UK record books.
Josh Allen is on pace to snap Oliver Barnett’s 29-year old sack record. With six sacks through six games, Allen needs six more to break Barnett’s record of 26 by a half-sack. If he can get 12 total sacks in 2018, it would also tie Dennis Johnson’s single-season record.
Through six games, Allen already has 10.5 tackles for loss, his 2017 season total. With 31 total he is currently ranked fifth in UK career tackles for loss. Bud Dupree, Sweet Pea Burns and Marlon McCree are tied for first with 37. Allen needs seven more to be the sole record-holder for career tackles for loss.
Each of those milestones is obtainable for Allen. Benny Snell has a little more work to do.
Kentucky’s star running back holds almost every freshman rushing record and every UK rushing touchdown record. To catch UK’s all-time leading rusher, Sonny Collins, Snell could use a couple of big games to secure the title.
Benny currently leads the SEC with 116.5 rushing yards per game. To eclipse Collins’ mark of 3,835 in the regular season, Snell needs to average 136.5 yards in the final six games of the season. However, if he keeps rushing at the same exact rate, he’ll surpass Collins’ record in the bowl game.
Fatigue and minor injuries add up in the final games of the season. If Allen and Snell can fight through the wear and tear, they can break each “untouchable” record.