Benny Snell Jr.
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|Kentucky Wildcats – No. 26|
|High school||Westerville Central|
|Born:||February 27, 1998|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||223 lb (101 kg)|
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Benjamin Snell Jr. (born February 27, 1998) is an American football running back. He plays college football at the University of Kentucky.
Snell Jr. attended Westerville Central High School. During his time there he won two Ohio Capital Conference titles. During his junior season Snell Jr. rushed for 2,077 yards while scoring 26 touchdowns on the ground, he also had two receiving touchdowns that year. As a senior he totaled 1,826 rushing yards, 264 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. Snell Jr. was rated as a three-star recruit. He chose Kentucky over Iowa, Cincinnati, Boston College, Toledo and West Virginia.
As a freshman in 2016, Snell rushed for 1,091 rushing yards, breaking the Kentucky freshman rushing record which was held by Moe Williams. Snell Jr. also managed to score 13 rushing touchdowns. During his freshman season Snell Jr, set six UK freshman records, including most rushing touchdowns in a game (4), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091), most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13), most total touchdowns by a freshman (13), most 100-yard rushing games (5) and most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game (192). At the end of his freshman season Snell Jr, was selected as a True Freshman All-American by ESPN and 247Sports, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American, Freshman All-SEC and a Second-team All-SEC pick by Pro Football Focus.
As a sophomore in 2017, Snell rushed for 1,333 rushing yards and scoring 19 rushing touchdowns. Snell Jr. became the first Kentucky player with 10 or more career 100-yard rushing games prior to his junior season. He also became the only SEC player since 2000 to have at least 116 rushing yards and at least three rushing TDs in three consecutive games. Snell Jr. became the 9th player in Kentucky school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in his career and the 19th player in SEC history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards prior to his junior season. Snell Jr. was selected as a preseason Associated Press All-SEC First Team and All-SEC Second Team. Snell Jr. was also put on the Doak Walker Award Watch List and the Maxwell Award Watch List.
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