By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell’s “outgoing personality” is what his mother calls a “mixture” of her personality and her husband’s personality.
“On the field he is stone faced and working to get things done,” April Snell, the UK running back’s mother, said. “You can’t smile on the field when you are busy making plays. Off the field, he’s very lovable. If you hear him laugh, he’s got one of the best laughs ever. He has a really good smile, too. I have a pretty good laugh, but not as good as Benny.
“He has never met a stranger. Anyone can walk up to him and say hello, and he will say hello back. He will sign anything you ask him to sign. He’s very appreciative of BBN (Big Blue Nation) and all the love he has received.”
She wasn’t surprised when her son said he believed he was the best running back in the Southeastern Conference even if Alabama’s Damien Harris is rated higher.
“Benny is very confident. You don’t want to take his confidence in football for cockiness,” Snell’s mother said. “He has earned what he has got through blood, sweat and tears. He just speaks the truth. I agree he’s the best at what he does. He will show again he is the best running back in the SEC.”
He ran for 125 yards and two scores on 20 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run, in the 35-20 win over Central Michigan. But his roommate, sophomore A.J. Rose, gained 104 yards on eight carries and had a 55-yard scoring run.
“Rose hits the hole in stride and just takes off with it,” former UK running back Anthony White said. “Benny is more powerful. He waits for contact and then makes decisions. A.J. can hit the hole in stride because that’s his style, something we have not seen in a while at UK.
“It’s going to be a great combination all year with those two. Just line up and run the ball could be what UK needs to do a lot because of how good they are.”