Benny Snell will be missed, but John Schlarman thinks UK running game will be just fine next season

A.J. Rose (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What will it be like for Kentucky’s offensive line not to have Benny Snell running the football?

“That is a great question,” UK offensive line coach John Schlarman admitted.

Snell had three straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and became UK’s all-time career rushing leader. He’s now in the NFL after being drafted in the fourth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I am excited about the running backs that we are going to be blocking for. Those guys have showed a lot of talent with A.J. (Rose), (Kavosiey) Smoke and (Chris)Rodriguez,” Schlarman said.

Schlarmann, a former UK offensive lineman, says a lineman’s mentality doesn’t change regardless of who is running the football.

“Obviously a guy like Benny can make you look good at times but I think they guys we have got are going to make us look good at times, too,” Schlarman said. “I don’t think for those guys (in the line) anything has really changed mentality-wise.

“Will we miss Benny and the things he brought to the table? I am sure we will. But it is like what do you do next? Different year. Every year is like that. You have some pieces that move on, you have some returning and then you have some new ones. I think it is just a matter of seeing how it all fits together and I am confident it will fit together just fine.”

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