LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s already time for awards watch lists, and Kentucky sophomore running back Benny Snell and junior linebacker Jordan Jones have landed on one each.
Snell, who crossed the 1,000-yard rushing mark as a freshman, has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list. The award is given annually to the best player in college football.
The running back from Westerville, Ohio, set six Kentucky freshman rushing records despite not recording a carry in the first two games of 2016, including season touchdown total (13) and single-game rushing yards (192 vs. Missouri).
Jones led Kentucky’s defense with 109 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss in 2016. He ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game. The Youngstown, Ohio, native was named to Athlon Sports’ preseason All-SEC team.
Semifinalists for both awards will be announced on Oct. 30.