By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky running back Anthony White admits he has tried to avoid picking a winner of Saturday night’s Kentucky-Mississippi State game.
“I don’t know if beating Florida was the party everybody thought,” said White Thursday during an appearance on WPBK-FM. “That wasn’t a really good Florida team. Taking nothing away from Kentucky because we have a good team. But I am just not sure we can grind it out for 60 minutes against them. That’s just the way those guys are wired.
“If we win this game, it will tell me a whole lot about this team. If we make it a good game, I will still be happy. If it looks like it did in Starkville (last year), then I will have some questions.”
White knows Mississippi State will “stack the box” to stop UK running back Benny Snell.
“They can make it a tough day for him but Benny will be determined to show the world what he can do and you’ll have to hit me every play,” White said. “We don’t have anything to lose. We are playing with house money.”
Snell said he felt he could run on any team, including Mississippi State. White likes that confidence.
“Benny also feels once we get the lead we have arguably the best back in the conference and nation and let’s just run him,” White said. “He’s not giving up. He’s the team’s best option for getting yards.
“He has the swagger that he can take care of a free man or two the line can’t block. That’s a luxury for an offensive line to know he has the confidence in them that he does.”