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Linebackers Jones, Ware among six Wildcats chosen by coaches to preseason All-SEC grid team

Six University of Kentucky football players earned a spot on the 2017 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference teams, it was announced Wednesday by the league office. Junior linebacker Jordan Jones and junior defensive end/linebacker Denzil Ware were named second-team defense, while junior tight end C.J. Conrad and sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr., were third-team offense, junior safety...

UK running back Snell ready to carry a heavier workload in backfield this season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Benny Snell hasn’t reached his limit as a running back. In his mind, there are no limitations to achieving perfection. “I don’t know my limit and I haven’t reached that limit yet,” Snell said. “I don’t plan to (reach my limit) in the future at all. Whatever is needed of me on offense, I’m going to make happen. I’m going to do my job, no matter what that...

UK running back Benny Snell named to Football Writers freshman All-American team

University of Kentucky freshman running back Benny Snell Jr., was named to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American team presented by Sound Mind Body Camps, it was announced Monday.   Snell, a native of Westerville, Ohio, had a record-breaking season with the Wildcats, rushing for a freshman school-record 1,091 yards and 13 touchdowns. Snell formed part of a running...

Wildcat newcomers Snell, Stenberg named to Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman team

Kentucky freshmen Benny Snell Jr. and Logan Stenberg were named to the Southeastern Conference Coaches’ All-Freshman Team, it was announced by the league office on Thursday.   Snell, a true freshman running back from Westerville, Ohio, had a record-breaking season with the Wildcats, rushing for a freshman school-record 1,057 yards and 13 touchdowns. Snell formed part of a running back trio with...

Jamie Vaught: Wildcat freshman running back sensation Snell far exceeding expectations

Benny Snell Jr. has been a pleasant surprise in the SEC this season. A three-star recruit from Westerville, Ohio, Snell wasn’t expected to do a lot as a true freshman running back for the Wildcats this season. But the 5-11, 220-pounder somehow has bulldozed his way through SEC defenses to become one of the league’s Top 10 rushers, ranking ahead of more established running backs like Georgia’s...

Keith Taylor: Stoops says UK lacked the edge it needed in heart-breaking 27-24 loss to Georgia

The agony of defeat hit Kentucky hard Saturday night. The Wildcats, who defeated Mississippi State 40-38 on a last-second field goal earlier this year, lost in similar fashion Saturday night as Georgia booted the game-winner as time expired and escaped with a 27-24 victory, ending Kentucky’s three-game winning streak and the program’s first shot at potentially reaching the Southeastern Conference...

On a roll: Kentucky moves within one win of bowl eligibility with 35-21 victory over Missouri

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky is one game away from bowl eligibility with four games remaining. The Wildcats (5-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) inched closer toward a postseason berth for the first time in five years with a 35-21 victory over Missouri Saturday, giving Kentucky four league wins for the first time in a decade. The Wildcats remain in sole possession of second...

Keith Taylor: Not waiting his turn, the future is now for UK running back Benny Snell

Benny Snell doesn’t mind waiting his turn. The Kentucky running back also doesn’t flinch when his number is called on any given play. Snell isn’t looking ahead to make an impact and the future is now for the freshman running back, who has given Kentucky a boost in the backfield this season. In four games, Benny Snell has rushed for 341 yards and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry (Keith Taylor...

Keith Taylor: Staying the course, Kentucky holds off Vandy to reach halfway mark of season

After Kentucky opened the season with two straight losses, Mark Stoops didn’t want the Wildcats to chart a new path. “I told them to stay the course,” he said after the Wildcats closed out the first half of a season with a 20-13 victory over Vanderbilt Saturday. “I said, every son of a gun outside of this room right here will be attacking you and me. Put your head down, do your job and go to...

Keith Taylor: UK shelves ‘Air Raid’ in favor of running game anchored by vet Williams and newcomer Snell

If it’s not broke don’t fix it. That’s the approach Kentucky’s offensive coaching staff has taken during the past two weeks with the emergence of freshman running back Benny Snell, who has teamed with veteran Stanley “Boom” Williams to give the Wildcats a potent 1-2 punch in the backfield. Kentucky freshman running back Benny Snell has scored five touchdowns in the past two games for the...