LEXINGTON, Ky. — Add another line to Kentucky running back Benny Snell’s accomplishments: freshman All-American according to the Football Writers Association of America.
Snell set the freshman rushing record in his inaugural season in Lexington. It was previously held by Moe Williams for his 1993 season.
Monday’s honor is one of many, as Snell was previously named to the SEC Coaches’ All-Freshman team as well as a freshman All-American by Pro Football Focus and an All-SEC freshman by Athlon Sports. Snell also earned true freshman honors from ESPN and 247Sports.
The bruising back led all freshmen rushers in touchdowns (13) and was third among freshmen in rushing yards (1,091). Snell and Boom Williams became the first Kentucky duo to cross the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same season.
Snell will take the lead role in Kentucky’s backfield in 2017 as Williams declared for the draft. He’ll be joined by fellow running backs A.J. Rose and Sihiem King.
The Wildcats open their season on Sept. 2 at Southern Miss.