The push for Benny snell to get national awards has begun.
On Monday, Kentucky released its first Benny Snell awards promo video:
A new website called SnellYeah.com was also created on Monday. The site has videos of Snell along with his statistical feats.
Among the awards Snell is in contention for include SEC Offensive Player of the Year, the Doak Walker Award (for the nation’s top running back), and the Heisman Trophy.
We are four weeks into the season, and Kentucky is 4-0 and 2-0 in the SEC with both of those wins being over top 25 teams. Now, Kentucky is back into the top 25 (#17) for the first time since 2007, and this team and fanbase deserves it.
However, one thing is still out there that needs to start being talked about, and that is it’s time for the Benny Snell Heisman talks to really begin. Thus far, we’ve not see Snell get much Heisman hype around the nation, and oddsmakers aren’t exactly high on him either.
Entering Week 4, Snell had 200-1 odds to win the Heisman, which wasn’t even among the 25 best odds. For a player that’s carried a program into the top 25 for the first time in a decade, you’d think he’d be getting a little more Heisman pub, but to this point, it hasn’t come.
Odds are, Snell will not win the Heisman trophy over guys like Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, but there is no reason he should not be in contention for it and a finalist for the trophy.
Through the first four games this season, Snell is averaging 135 yards a game with an average of 6.2 yards per carry and right at 1.75 TDs a game. In their last matchup with Mississippi State, Snell punched it in four times to increase his career TD total to 39, surpassing Randall Cobb’s 37 career TDs for first all time in school history. Plus, Snell has broken that record in two seasons and four weeks.
If you take a look at AJ Dillon, who is on the Heisman watch list, and compare his season stats to Snell’s, you will see no reason why Benny shouldn’t be on that list. Dillon has 491 yards (122 per game) and has scored four TDs to go along with four receptions for 25 yards and a TD.
Benny, on the other hand, has 540 yards (135 per game) and has scored 7 TDs to go along with three receptions for 15 yards. The biggest difference is Benny is doing this against SEC teams that are ranked in the top 25.
Snell has been a 1000-yard rusher in each of his first two seasons as a Wildcat and is currently on pace to rack up 1,620 yards this season, which would break the school record for rushing yards (3,835) held by Sonny Collins. Snell would finish at 4,044 total yards for his career through three seasons.
I know wins play a big factor in who wins the Heisman, and for years, Kentucky has never been able to tally enough wins for a player of Heisman caliber to win the trophy. However, Kentucky is 4-0 with a team that is talented enough to get to that 9-10 win range.
If that is not good enough to be a finalist for the Heisman trophy. then nothing is, especially when you have a player consistently putting up the numbers that Snell is.