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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Josh Allen Will Be Far Greater Loss Than Benny Snell

Benny Snell exited UK as the most accomplished UK running back in history, in my opinion.  Most touchdowns in UK history.  Offensive leader of three bowl teams and a 10-win team.  He will head into the NFL as a Pittsburgh Steeler and as one of the most loved UK players in history.  His name will be on the Ring of Honor sooner than later, and deservedly so.  And I am here to tell you something that is an unquestioned in my intern brain:


Now, follow me for a second.  I am certainly not calling Benny Snell a minor loss.  He’s a huge loss.  But I am saying it is far easier to replace a quality running back than it is to replace an elite edge rusher.  And my bigger point is an elite edge rusher has a far greater impact on the game than an elite running back does.  Let me rationalize it like this:

-Josh Allen is able to get around the offensive tackle and get to the quarterback and then tackle the quarterback.  A guy can either do that or not.  And the ability to do that is rare.  Benny Snell was able to get 4 yards consistently.  And while not an easy task, it is far more common to do what he could do than Allen.  And there are many ways to do it.  You can run over guys.  You can run around guys.  You can do it with speed or power.  And you do it with the help of your offensive line.  Benny Snell’s greatest gift, in my opinion, was his durability.  Josh Allen was able to do what he did out of pure athletic ability.   

-Let’s consider Allen’s sacks.  A sack on 1st down completely changes the outlook of a team’s drive.  Facing 2nd and long might be a hill too steep to climb for most offenses.  Meaning even if Allen only affected the play on 1st down, he actually was the cause of that drive going 3 and out.  That doesn’t even take into consideration the blocking schemes that team’s made to protect against Allen that helped other players make easier plays.  And then there are the obvious sacks on 3rd down that literally ended drives.

-Now, if you don’t agree with me you will certainly say how many times Snell extended drives on 3rd and short getting tough yards.  And I don’t disagree.  He was a machine in those situations.  But wasn’t Boom also able to do similar things when he was here?  Do we think that AJ Rose, with proper blocking, couldn’t get those first downs too?  Who knows but I am far more confident there was nobody on UK’s roster that could get to the QB like Allen because they simply are not talented enough.

I think we are going to find this season that UK’s stable of running backs will be able to accomplish some/most of what Benny Snell was able to do in 2018.  With a strong offensive line, I think converting 3rd and short will still be a strong point of the UK offense.  What makes me the most nervous, and will be evident against two weaker opponents to start the season, will be can UK’s edge rushers affect the game at even 50% of what Josh Allen did.  Because Allen was a once in a generation talent at Kentucky.  In a sport played 11 vs. 11, he was able to dramatically affect the game solo.

To have two game changers like Josh Allen and Benny Snell may never happen again in UK history.  But replacing those guys is not an apples to apples discussion in my opinion.  Snell can be replaced by a committee of running backs.  Josh Allen is far more unlikely to be replaced.  And it makes me nervous what impact that will have for the 2019 UK defense.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

10 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Josh Allen Will Be Far Greater Loss Than Benny Snell

  1. cats646
    10:09 am June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Today, in the “no sh!t” column. Lol

    • Cole28
      10:29 am June 11, 2019 Permalink


    • ukcamel
      11:20 am June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Came here to say this. Up next, a lengthy discussion on the wetness of water.

    • Cole28
      11:31 am June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Doesn’t mean I didn’t read it, though. #UKaddict

  2. bigbluebg
    10:24 am June 11, 2019 Permalink

    I think it really depends on how well Terry Wilson plays. We leaned heavily on Benny many, many times over the past 3 seasons. Not only to get first downs, but to take pressure off of our struggling QB/pass offense. I don’t think we have a guy that will replace Benny’s ability to pick up 3-4 yards on 3rd down when everyone and their mom knows we’re running the dang-gone fuseball.

    • blord40
      12:13 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Terry, and the coaches to drum up the right 3rd down call in various situations. No easy out of handing it to Benny each 3rd and short this year.

  3. mikecovey
    1:02 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Ha- the first comment “Today in the no shit column” makes me laugh. Of course Benny Snell is good and I don’t want to disparage him. Josh Allen is the most impactful player for UK I may have ever seen.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    1:24 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

    Rodriguez and Smoke ran like Benny in their limited chances. Smoke smoked Louisville 40 45 and 1td on 4 carries and Rodriguez went over 40 yards on 2 carries with half the defense trying to tackle him at Murray St. Benny only had 75 yards on 15 Carrie’s in that game and against Louisville and he only had 100 yards and 2 tds on 20 at Murray. Of course Rose only had 19 yards at Murray but he did light Louisville. The potential is definitely there they just need to show thar they can do close to that constantly and I think we’ll be better at rb this year. Way to many types to plan against…kinda like playing UGA.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      1:26 pm June 11, 2019 Permalink

      Benny’s 75 were against Murry, his 100 against Louisville. Sorry words got added.

  5. Tully_Mayne_IV
    1:26 am June 13, 2019 Permalink

    Isn’t this kind of obvious to everyone? Maybe not…