Tag: Benny Snell

Kentucky coaches have to be “relatively smart” with Benny Snell in practice

Benny Snell at Media Day Sunday. (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Keeping sophomore running back Benny Snell healthy has to be a priority for Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and offensive coordinator Eddie Gran this season.

He became that rare freshman to rush for over 1,000 yards and was second in the SEC in rushing touchdowns last season.

Stoops said he has to be “relatively smart” with Snell in practice.

“We have to rotate backs and running backs take hits. But Benny does not like to get hit. And I say that, I say that in a complimentary way, not that he’s afraid of it, he’s just tough, he hates when he gets tackled,” Stoops said.

Benny Snell Jr. Named Doak Walker Award Preseason Candidate

Benny Snell (UK Athletics Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr. is a preseason candidate for the 2017 Doak Walker Award, it was announced Thursday. The award annually is given to the nation’s top college running back.

Snell, from Westerville, Ohio, earned a spot on Athlon’s 2017 preseason Southeastern Conference third-team offense after a stellar freshman season. He set six UK freshman records, including most rushing touchdowns in a game (4), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091), most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13), most total touchdowns by a freshman (13), most 100-yard rushing games (5) and most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game (192). He was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, ESPN and 247Sports.

Benny Snell getting better at understanding the entire offense

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

While offensive coordinator Eddie Gran has not been happy with his offense at times this season, he believes the offense has been consistently running the ball well going into Friday night’s Blue-White Game.

“After a year being in this offense we’re now making calls faster. Not so many mental errors, and that’s what I was really looking for this spring. Really being more technique is a cliché, but we have to,” Gran said Tuesday.

Gran said the running game did what it had to do last year to win games.

Snell has passion, but Gran wants him to control that passion better

Benny Snell (Keith Taylor Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Sophomore running back Benny Snell is competitive. Maybe even a little too competitive at times in practice when he gets tackled and lets a teammate know he did not like it.

“As a freshman when you come in, he’s trying to learn the offense and feel his way through things and learn his role. Now, he’s a big part of our offense, and he has that confidence. But you see his mentality coming out more now. At times I have to reason with him. He gets frustrated when he gets tackled,” Stoops said.

No bowl pressure but Cats won’t lose focus on Cards

Jojo Kemp (3) knows he is going bowling this year. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

Jojo Kemp (3) knows he is going bowling this year. (Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

The pressure to get bowl eligible is off Kentucky, but freshman running back Benny Snell that should not change anything about Saturday’s game at Louisville.

“I’m going to say it’s a regular week. You know a little bit of the pressure is off but we’re going against a really good team and we’ve been playing a bunch of really good teams earlier in the season. You have to prepare for them. That’s all I can really say,” Snell said after Saturday’s win over Austin Peay.

Gran has second thoughts about late play calls

Benny Snell (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Benny Snell (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says the two runs out of the Wildcat package by Benny Snell inside the 10-yard late on UK’s final series against Georgia in Saturday’s 27-24 loss were called because that is what had been working for the Cats.

However, he also said the Georgia defense was not fatigued from being on the field too much and also played those two plays well.

Guest post: Do not overlook what receivers are contributing to UK’s success

Tavin Richardson (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Tavin Richardson (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By KEITH PEEL

There is no “I” in TEAM. I have heard that phrase repeated in sports all my life. Saturday’s huge win against Missouri on the road proved that again.

It was a complete team effort. The offensive line dominated the D-Line from Missouri. The running back tandem of  Boom Williams and Benny Snell, Jr. was phenomenal with almost 400 yards rushing between the two.

Dominant line leads to huge games for Williams, Snell

Benny Snell (26) ran for 192 yards Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Benny Snell (26) ran for 192 yards Saturday. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After running for 192 yards and two touchdowns to move him ahead of Randall Cobb on Kentucky’s all-time rushing touchdown list for freshmen, Benny Snell knew who to credit for his performance in Saturday’s 35-21 win over Missouri.

Snell said the “made the most” of UK’s dominant offensive  line play.

“Those guys are great. Guys are down on the sideline and the line is yelling, getting us hype and I’m just grateful for the line we got,” Snell said. 
“Without a doubt there is way more we can get better on. Way more we can do in the future. Were going to get our rest and Monday we will prepare for the next team.”

Benny Snell: Win over Mississippi State gives team hope

Benny Snell enjoyed Saturday's win. (Bill Thirry Photo)

Benny Snell enjoyed Saturday’s win. (Bill Thirry Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky opened the season by blowing a 35-10 lead and lost to Southern Mississippi. On Saturday night, UK just about blew a 34-24 lead — and UK had the ball  inside the 10-yard line just about to score again — before rallying to beat Mississippi State 40-38.

So what does that do for coach Mark Stoops’ program?

Eddie Gran: “This thing is going to be totally about us.”

Landon Young is one of nine offensive linemen playing for UK. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

Landon Young is one of nine offensive linemen playing for UK. (Wade Upchurch Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

No disrespect to the Mississippi State defense, but Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran says he is more focused on the UK offense going into Saturday night’s game.

“This thing is going to totally be about us. We’ve got to take care of the football, we’ve got to make sure that we stay ahead of the chains. This will be about Kentucky football, that’s it,” said Gran Tuesday.