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Benny Snell becomes UK’s first running back drafted since 2003, will begin career with Pittsburgh Steelers

By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

Benny Snell will begin his professional career in Pittsburgh.

The former University of Kentucky running back was selected in the fourth round as the 122nd overall pick Saturday. Snell, the school’s all-time leading rusher, became the first Wildcats’ running back to be selected in the draft since Artose Pinner was drafted in 2003.

Josh Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars), Lonnie Johnson (Houston Texans), Mike Edwards (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) were selected in the first three rounds of the draft on Thursday and Friday. Allen was the seventh pick, Johnson went at No. 54, followed by Edwards at 99.

Snell finished with 3,873 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns in 39 games and is one of only two players in Southeastern Conference history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons. Former Georgia running back Herschel Walker also accomplished the feat while playing for the Bulldogs. Overall, Snell broke 14 school records throughout his career.

The five picks were the most Kentucky players selected in the draft since 1979 when James Ramsey, Jim Kovach, Kelly Kirchbaum, Rod Stewart, Bob Winkel, Robert Hawkins, Dan Fowler and David Stephens were all drafted.

Offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei was taken in the seventh round as the 232nd pick by the New York Giants.

Asafo-Adjei played in 48 games as a member of Kentucky’s offensive line and started 23 games. He was part of a senior class that collected 29 wins from 2015-18.

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.

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