TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — There are easier questions to answer than how Kentucky plans to use Benny Snell.
No carries in the first two games for the freshman back, 4 rushing touchdowns in the third.
The next game against South Carolina: 1 first-half carry before leading the offense on the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
So, Snell figured to be a bigger part of the game plan against Alabama, but that wasn’t the case.
He carried twice in the first half, and just 8 times overall for 38 yards.
Turnovers took time away from the offense and there were few holes to be exploited against the Alabama front, but Snell’s usage, or lack thereof, is anyone’s guess at this point.
Here’s how coach Mark Stoops boiled it down:
“We weren’t getting enough plays,” he said. “Once again, you’ve seen that as you guys ask me questions about different people. When you’re not getting a lot of plays, you’re not getting a lot of touches. We do need to get him in there and get him started, but we had some designated plays for Jojo (Kemp) that he’s better at, certain packages, certain plays, and then we wanted to get Benny in there. We need to and we’ll do that. But part of it was a few plays in particular, and most of it was we weren’t getting enough offensive plays.”
The backfield of Benny and Boom made a name for itself against South Carolina but was largely absent at Alabama.
Boom Williams had 8 yards per carry coming into the contest, but finished with just more than 2 yards a touch against the Crimson Tide.
Kemp’s 9 carries were a team high, but Snell’s 4.8 yards per carry was the best mark.
The freshman wasn’t frustrated after the game.
“It’s probably the flow of the game,” Snell said, echoing Stoops’ sentiment. “I expect to get the ball when my number is called and that’s all I can really do. That’s all I can really do and that’s my job.”
It’s anyone’s guess moving forward.