LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell Jr. is one of 32 players from Football Bowl Subdivision named to the College Football Performance Awards midseason watch list for CFBA National Performer of the Year. The winner will be announced on January 9, 2019.
Snell Jr., (Westerville, Ohio) has rushed for 1,008 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, leading the Southeastern Conference and ranking 12th in the nation with 112.0 yards per game. He also ranks second in the SEC in all-purpose yardage (120.9 yards per game) and rushing touchdowns (10).
Snell was chosen a second-team Mid-Season All-American by The Associated Press and The Athletic, and is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award. He has helped lead Kentucky to a 7-2 record and the Wildcats have clinched a winning season in SEC play for the first time in 41 years.
Although only a junior, Snell is second in school history in career rushing with 3,434 yards and he holds the UK career marks for rushing touchdowns (42) and total touchdowns (42). He is the first player in school history with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons and joins Georgia’s Hershel Walker and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden as the only players in SEC history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.
The CFPA awards are scientifically-based in that recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their team. In its seventh season of player and team performance recognition, 28 CFPA winners have been first round National Football League draft selections.