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Benny Snell has lofty goals, but also insists he has more speed than NFL scouts realize

Benny Snell (Vicky Graff Photo)


It’s no surprise that Kentucky running back Benny Snell was not the least bit shy at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis Thursday.

Snell said he had talked to a “ton” of teams and set high goals for himself that include winning a Super Bowl and becoming a Pro Bowl player.

“I want to say I’m blessed enough to be a Hall of Famer. I want to have multiple 1,000-yard seasons. I want to be a starter,” Snell said.

Snell, UK’s all-time leading rusher, is projected as a third or fourth round pick. He says teams have underestimated his speed and he hoped to show that today when he worked out at the combine.

“I’ve been changing the way that I eat and my diet. I weighed in at 224. I wanted to be 225. That was my playing weight. So I’ve been lightening up here soon. So whenever I run, I’m going to be as light as I can,” Snell said.

“This is what I’ve been dreaming about ever since I was a young one. I don’t want to overthink it. I just want to be Benny Snell on the field. He just plays football.”

That third person Benny Snell is one UK media members and fans know well. He says that won’t change with NFL teams when he’s answering questions.

“They’ve asked about my production. They’ve asked about how does it feel being that guy with all the attention,” Snell said. “I give them a regular base of like who I am, the passion I have for the game. And they kinda already knew.”

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