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Pass-Catching Benny Snell Surfaces in Steelers Debut



Benny Snell became a Kentucky legend by powering through tackles as an SEC running back. In his NFL preseason debut, we learned that Benny Snell football also includes catching passes.

The highlight of Benny’s performance did not come on the ground. On third and 20, the running back slipped out of the backfield for a screen. The Buccaneers gave him enough space to power past the chains and give the Steelers a first down. Two plays later, Pittsburgh scored a touchdown to take a nine-point lead.

All of Benny’s best moments came in the passing game. In pass protection he nearly knocked one blitzing linebacker off his feet.

Benny finished with two receptions for 25 yards. Finding production on the ground did not come so easily. Snell had a team-high 13 carries but not one went over five yards. He gained just 26 yards Friday night, good for a measly two yards per carry. Before you worry about his rushing stats, there are two things you must consider:

1. He’s running behind the second team offensive line.
2. It’s just the preseason.

It was a UK reunion of sorts at Heinz Field Friday night. Wearing No. 34 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Edwards made two tackles, one of which was against his former teammate. He shared the moment on Instagram.

It was not the only UK reunion this week. In a battle between the Jets and Giants, three New York Wildcats — Avery Williamson, C.J. Conrad and Jon Toth — posed for a photo following the game.



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for Pass-Catching Benny Snell Surfaces in Steelers Debut

  1. bbn606
    11:27 am August 10, 2019 Permalink

    When was the last time Benny had more receiving yards than rushing yards?

    • mashburnfan1
      12:02 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      It was 2nd string Oline but also 2nd string defense he played against. He did not make that first guy miss at all last night but Benny will adjust to the speed these defensive guys have at this level. Hehad a couple chances to reak a nice run and got tackled, at UK he made those guys miss, jumped them or shoved them out of the way. I don’t like that they had him on kickoff coverage although he did make the tackle on the opening kick.

    • UKinIN
      2:47 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      At UK Benny had four special teams tackles before he ever took a handoff. One of the reasons I want him to be successful. He said he’d do anything to get on the field and he backed it up by playing on special teams.

    • runningunnin.454
      12:14 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, when was the last time we saw Benny on KO/Punt coverage special teams? One Pittsburgh writer was especially tough on him, calling him “slow, indecisive,ineffective”, and said, “maybe we all watched too many Kentucky highlights”.
      Bah, the backup OL wasn’t opening many holes for him; but, he did well blocking on pass plays.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    12:02 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    Is it just me or does Benny look a step faster?

    • BigBlue4EverUK
      1:04 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      It’s just you… but hopefully he pick up some speed and get better

  3. Miller45
    1:18 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    Mike Edward’s was a steal for tampa

  4. RAGE
    5:15 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

    Although not a huge Benny fan… I am a huge UK fan so of course I will cheer for him even though he is with the Steelers ugh… I think he will only play in short field power situations because of his lack of speed.. he did look indecisive when he had the ball on handoffs.. But please don’t make any excuses or comments about him having the second string Offensive line in.. This is the preseason I mean how many times have you seen rookies come out and look great in preseason only to realize that it is a different world once the games start to count.: Benny will be fine but I don’t think he will ever be a super star or great in the NFL… Mainly because of his lack of speed and big play ability.. I mean even the Dline guys are as fast as he is in the NFL… He was really a guy in college that benefited from the system he played in at college.. He was exactly the kind of RB that Mark Stoops wants in his system.. I believe also that was part of the reason last year that we weren’t very explosive and we hopefully will be better this year with better athletes in the RB room… I mean look at the Freshmen RB we landed out of Georgia.. 4.2 speed in the 40 that is the kind of athletes that we need

    • mashburnfan1
      11:01 pm August 10, 2019 Permalink

      You can be a fan of whoever you want, and yes Benny does lack explosive speed. But he was not a product of our system, he was a man that was determined. He made several players miss by having great vision, he used a stiff arm, he would throw defenders to the side with his off hand and he would leap players. You don’t put up numbers in the SEC like he did, break records that he broke {in less than 3 years} without having determination and skill. Plus what he provided as a person on and off the field has to be accounted for. Hell every team knew what we were going to do and he still had those numbers. There are very few true stars in the NFL {ratio per number of total players} so I agree he may not reach that level but Benny will be there and productive for many years, barring injury. And btw you are the first person I have ever heard say they are a huge UK fan and not a Benny fan, you have no clue what he has done for UK football, the past 3 years and beyond.

    • Skooms
      9:24 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

      Wow. Almost as bad as a UK fan that doesn’t like Cal or the basketball team, huh Mashburn??

    • rainman
      9:51 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

      He was not a product of the system, basically he was a player, the system was built around! To say you weren’t really a Benny fan is nonsensical, Benny has been a model for others to follow, and done nothing for anyone to have feelings against him! So, maybe it isn’t him….

  5. kuhlkat
    3:39 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed. I doubt he’s a UK fan if he’s not a Benny fan. I mean WTF!

  6. taiza67
    9:45 am August 11, 2019 Permalink

    I believe most his runs were actually behind third string o-line. Defense was getting penetrating the whole time. That said, he needs to improve.

  7. UKFanSC
    3:35 pm August 11, 2019 Permalink

    While we are justifiably proud of Benny, most NFL critics are blowing him off as a third string slow unimpressive running back. If he did not have a chip on his shoulder prior to yesterday, he certainly should have one now.

    • UKFanSC
      5:56 pm August 11, 2019 Permalink

      Go to Rotoworld and search for Snell. They puked down his shirt. Benny is at his best when he’s disrespected.