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Vanderbilt coach compares UK running back Benny Snell to former Georgia great Nick Chubb

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vanderbilt defensive lineman Dare Odeyingbo knows plenty about Kentucky running back Benny Snell, the SEC’s second leading rusher going into Saturday night’s game at Kroger Field.

He said Snell is an electric running back, one that is difficult to defend.

“He has great balance, great vision. He can really hurt you if you leave the smallest crease open,” Odeyingbo said.

Count Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason as a Snell fan, too. He compared the UK junior to former Georgia star Nick Chubb.

“It’s always a combination of size, balance and speed,” Mason said. “You look at backs who are built like that and run the way he runs, it’s hard to bring him down.”

Vanderbilt receiver Kalija Lipscomb knows it won’t be easy playing at Kentucky. The Cats are 5-1 and have home wins over South Carolina and Mississippi State.

“It’s always tough, going on the road and trying to steal a W in someone else’s house,” Lipscomb said.

Kentucky’s defense has been not just one of the best in the SEC, but ranks among the best in the nation in scoring defense and rushing yards.

“They’re playing with a lot of confidence. You look at where they are defensively, (Mike) Edwards at safety, one of the best safeties in the conference. Josh Allen is one of the best pass-rushers in the country,” Mason said.

This will be the first of three straight SEC road games for Vandy, but that doesn’t worry Mason.

“It’s not really about the venue. It’s about the opponent,” Mason said. “The toughest thing we’re tasked with right now is that we’re so close, and when you’re close sometimes, with the things that are happening to you, you say, you’ve got to stay the course.”

2 comments

  1. Great comparison! You know that Chubb’s played all four years at Georgia. I wish everyone would stop chasing Snell out of KY after his junior year. I think Snell should come back for his senior year and work on his pass receptions. The life of a running back in the NFL is short and dangerous! A receiver with his skills in the NFL could last 10-15 years and make a ton of money.

    1. He can’t work on catching passes Ben unless they throw it to him. He expected to be catching a lot more balls this year

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