LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mark Stoops has dealt with his share of crazy callers on his weekly radio show this season, but the first fan Monday night was fairly direct.
“Do you think Benny Snell is really a beast?” Aaron from Louisville wanted to know.
Snell rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Missouri and was named SEC freshman of the week for the second straight week.
“I think Benny’s numbers have been speaking for themselves,” Stoops said. “His consistency is speaking for itself. Benny is a very good football player. I don’t know if I’m ready to put beast mode on him yet, but he’s definitely, I’m been impressed by him.”
Who knows if Stoops was thinking it, but “Beast Mode,” the name former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch came to be known by, first came to mind. It was a fitting nickname for Lynch after runs like this one.
Lynch was a five-time Pro Bowler who made a name for his unwillingness to go down, and Snell is trying to craft a similar style in his freshman season at Kentucky. Snell is third in rushing touchdowns and eighth in rushing yards in the SEC despite not logging a carry in his first two games.
The former three-star recruit is far surpassing expectations, but Stoops said he was confident in what Snell could do.
“He’s been everything we thought he’d be and a little bit more,” Stoops said. “And probably a little bit sooner than we anticipated.”
Snell hasn’t rattled off a run like Lynch’s in the 2011 NFC Wild Card game, but the 5-foot-11, 220-pound freshman has proven tough to take down.
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