LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky freshman running back Benny Snell Jr., was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team presented by Sound Mind Body Camps, it was announced Monday.
Snell, a native of Westerville, Ohio, had a record-breaking season with the Wildcats, rushing for a freshman school-record 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. Snell formed part of a running back trio with junior Stanley “Boom” Williams and senior Jojo Kemp that powered the nation’s 16th-best rushing attack and became one of the most impressive rushing trios in school history. The Wildcats combined for 3,044 rushing yards in 2016, only the second team in school history to surpass 3,000. The 1974 team had 3,124 rushing yards. They averaged a school record 5.4 yards per rushing attempt, besting the old record of 4.9 yards per attempt set in 1974 and also had 30 rushing touchdowns, tying the record of 30 rush TDs in 1949.