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Benny Snell tabbed as the top back in the SEC for 2018

After building on the success from his freshman year, Snell’s sophomore campaign convinced everyone that he is the back to beat in the SEC.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Benny Snell, Jr. felt he had been snubbed coming into the 2017 season.

After rushing for over 1,000 yards and 13 scores as a true freshman, Snell was named to the third-team All-SEC team at the start of his sophomore season. He cited that snub as motivation for the 2017 campaign.

Well, he has been snubbed no more. Snell led the SEC in 2017 with 1,318 yards and 18 touchdowns. Over the course of last season, he became the first Wildcat rusher to have back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons and he moved into the first spot for career rushing touchdowns with 32. His previous success led to being tabbed the top returning running back in the SEC by Saturday Down South.

Les East had this to say about Snell coming into 2018:

He’s the only back in Wildcats history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and there’s every reason to believe he will make it three in a row as a junior. Snell was the top SEC rusher during the regular season in 2017, and he’s poised for a repeat in 2018.

Even outside the SEC, Snell stands out. Among FBS sophomores across the country, Snell is second in career touchdowns and third in career rushing yards (2,424).

I’m glad Benny is finally getting the respect he deserves and I can’t wait to watch him next season. Here are some highlights to whet your appetite for more Benny in 2018.

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