Since 2015 the arrival of bowl season has brought with it some speculation on whether or not big time players will sit out of their team’s postseason game.
In that season, Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith tore both his ACL and LCL in the first quarter of the 2015 Fiesta Bowl. Because of the injury, Smith, previously projected as a top-10 pick, fell to the middle of the second round and lost out on a much larger contract had he remained healthy.
2016 saw two big time stars announce they were going to skip their postseason action. Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette both decided to skip out on their teams’ bowl games. There was a lot of push back against this decision despite both teams and coaches being okay with it.
And last year was the opposite. While a handful of players announced they were sitting out, most prominent players (like Saquon Barkley, Lamar Jackson, and Derrius Guice) emphatically said they’d be participating in their teams’ bowl games.
It still remains to be seen if this will be a major story line in the 2018 postseason, but Kentucky Wildcats fans can be sure of one thing: they will be able to see Benny Snell, Jr. for at least two more games.
Snell said Tuesday that he hasn’t really thought about sitting out of Kentucky’s bowl game. He’s going to talk it over with the team and coaches, but at the end of the day he “wants to play.”
“I like playing every game. I’m a football player, that’s what I do. I plan on playing.”
This is good news for Cats fans, as Snell has been a key part of the offense this season, despite his production falling off a little in the second half of the season. These last two games will also likely be the last Snell plays as a Wildcat, and I know all of BBN will be looking forward to seeing him compete a few more times in Kentucky blue.