By LARRY VAUGHT
Junior running back Benny Snell might not be as highly regarded in NFL mock drafts as teammate Josh Allen — the consensus national defensive player of the year — but Snell became the face of the UK football program with his outgoing personality and ability to close out games like he did for the Cats in the Citrus Bowl victory over Penn State.
“He is on another level of happiness,” said April Snell, Benny Snell’s mother. “He is living what you have to call a dream. All the years he has put into what he does and to go through a season like this and get recognized as a team and individual for what you have accomplished, it’s just great. The icing on the cake for all that is that he’s also healthy. No injuries at all.”
She knows that could all change in the NFL.
“The next level (NFL) is going to be a little stressful because none of us know what to expect,” April Snell said. “I am a college mom. Every day I am happy and knew what was coming for the most part. Now my son starts another journey.
“But we are just so excited and proud of him. He really wanted to get that rushing record. He tried not to talk about it but for us to be there to see him achieve it (in the Citrus Bowl when he broke Sonny Collins’ record) was something will never forget.”
Many Kentucky fans likely will not forget having a chance to meet Snell and get an autograph and/or photo during his recent three-day autograph tour before he left for Florida to train for the NFL combine.
His mother couldn’t be happier that he got to have an autograph tour to connect with fans.
“He brought confidence to the Kentucky football program. Other players did, too, but Benny is more vocal about it,” April Snell said. “He just loves to interact with fans. He has fun taking pictures, or Snellfies as he calls them. He had a great time with the autographs because any time he’s around UK fans, he’s going to have fun.”