Benny Snell Named FWAA Freshman All-American
By UK Athletics
LEXINGTON, KY - University of Kentucky freshman running
back Benny Snell Jr., was named to the Football Writers Association
of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America 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 back trio with junior Stanley "Boom"
Williams and senior Jojo Kemp that powered the nation's 16th-best
rushing attack and became one of the most impressive rushing trios in
school history. The Wildcats combined for 3,044 rushing yards in
2016, only the second team in school history to surpass 3,000. The
1974 team had 3,124 rushing yards. They averaged a school record
5.4 yards per rushing attempt, besting the old record of 4.9 yards
per attempt set in 1974 and also had 30 rushing touchdowns, tying the
record of 30 rush TDs in 1949.
Snell, who did not have a rushing
attempt until the third game of the season, had a UK-freshman record
five 100-yard rushing games, including 192 at Missouri and 152 vs.
Austin Peay. He burst onto the scene with 136 yards and four
touchdowns on just 17 carries against New Mexico State and continued
his stampede throughout the season.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder ranked ninth
overall and second among freshmen in the Southeastern Conference in
rushing yards per game and all-purpose yards, while leading the SEC
freshmen in scoring overall (78 points) and scoring TDs (13). He led
the nation in rushing touchdowns by a freshman and ranked third
nationally among freshmen in rushing yards. He was named SEC Freshman
of the Week twice this season and finished the season being named to
the SEC Coaches' All-Freshman team and the Athlon Sports Freshman
All-SEC First Team. He also earned ESPN and 247Sports True Freshman