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Benny Snell Is On Pace To Do Something Never Done Before at UK

Nick Roush11/01/17

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You might describe Benny Snell as a "once in a generation" running back.  That might actually be an understatement.  Through eight games, the sophomore running back is on pace to do something never before done at the University Kentucky: rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Following a season-high 180 rushing yards vs. Tennessee, Snell is third in the SEC with 721 rushing yards (90.1 yards per game).  If he continues to rush at this rate, he'll finish the season with 1,081 rushing yards. That final rushing output might be a conservative estimate considering Kentucky's next two opponents.  The Ole Miss rush defense surrenders 260 rushing yards per game, last in the SEC and No. 127 out of 130 FBS teams.  Vanderbilt is only slightly better than Tennessee and Ole Miss, allowing 238 rushing yards per game. Through just a season and a half, Snell has already become one of UK's greatest running backs.  With 1,812 career rushing yards, he's currently behind Artose Pinner at No. 9 on UK's all-time rushing list.  On Saturday he scored his 22nd rushing touchdown to tie Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke.  With just five more scores on the ground, Snell will surpass Sonny Collins and Moe Williams and become the school's leader in rushing touchdowns. Only two UK running backs have had two 1,000 yard rushing seasons -- Rafael Little and Sonny Collins -- but neither of them accomplished the feat in consecutive seasons.  If Snell surpasses 1,000 yards for the second straight year in 2017, it will be a first for a Kentucky Wildcat, one of many great accomplishments in a record-setting career. [mobile_ad]

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