By LARRY VAUGHT
Benny Snell needs 107 yards rushing against Penn State Tuesday to become Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says the Citrus Bowl matchup with Penn State’s defense will not be easy for the Wildcats.
“First of all, their front is how they operate. They’re the real deal. You know, they’re No. 2 in the country in sacks. They’re No. 4 in the country in tackles for loss. And their front makes them go,” Gran said. “Those front forward guys are really good and they’ve got some backups that come in and are really productive.
“You know, I think Amani (Oruwariye), No.21 —I’m not even going to try to pronounce the last name and butcher it. But Amani, I think, is a heck of a player, does a great job. They’ve got a couple linebackers, one that doesn’t even start, you know, Micah Parsons —he’s productive as heck and he plays a lot and he’s a guy that just shows up.
“And Coach Pry does a great job. I think their whole staff does. They’re fundamentally sound but we’re going to have to deal with the front. They’re real.”
Snell knows that, too.
“I know that early in the downs, they like to blitz. They’re good at controlling the run, stopping the run, as well as their front, No. 99, No. 48, those guys go,” Snell said.
“Just got to make sure (in) protection I get a chip on those guys. I know the whole defense swarms so they’re going to come after it.”