LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky running back Benny Snell has added another honor to his fine freshman season.
Snell was named a freshman All-American on Monday morning by Pro Football Focus. The outlet named him the top freshman running back in the country.
Snell was eighth in rushing yards per game and third in rushing touchdowns in the SEC. He broke Moe Williams’ 1993 record for the most rushing yards in a season by a Kentucky freshman. Snell finished the season with 1,057. He and backfield mate Boom Williams became the first Kentucky duo to both rush for more than 1,000 yards in the same season.
Pro Football Focus isn’t the first outlet to award Snell. He was also named to ESPN’s true freshmen All-American Team. In addition to the all-freshmen team, Pro Football Focus named Snell second-team All-SEC.
The former 3-star prospect from Westerville, Ohio, surpassed all expectations in his freshman season. He became a fan favorite because of his bulldozing running style. Snell provided the power complement to Williams’ shiftiness and speed.
“It’s really hard to fathom that he’s a freshman coming out with all that strength to be able to run people over and get first downs like that,” quarterback Stephen Johnson said. “But I really look forward to seeing what he has to offer this team the next few years.”
Snell and the Wildcats are less than two weeks away from their TaxSlayer Bowl matchup against Georgia Tech. Kentucky and Georgia Tech kick off at 11 a.m. ET Dec. 31 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.