It’s hard to name a better running back in the SEC over the last two seasons than Benny Snell Jr.
Not only has Snell become the face of Kentucky football, but he has also become one of the faces of the SEC conference.
As Snell enters his junior season, his career numbers over his first two seasons represent what would be an outstanding college career for someone who has played for four full seasons. He has 32 career rushing touchdowns and 2,424 career rushing yards.
Snell’s accolades include being a Freshman All-American and a First-Team All-SEC team member. His sophomore season of 2017 put Snell in many different record books. He was named First-Team All-SEC thanks to a 19 touchdown and 1,333-yard season where he averaged an incredible 5.1 yards a carry.
In 2017, Snell became the first SEC player since 2000 to run for three touchdowns in three consecutive games, became just the 9th Wildcat to run for 2,000 career yards, and the 19th in SEC history.
With all these outstanding stats and accolades, the question needs to be asked: Will 2018 be Benny Snell’s last at Kentucky?
The answer is simple: If Snell does what he did over the first two years of his career, absolutely.
The numbers prove Snell may have at least third-round potential. A big junior year should give Snell has chance to make big bucks as a Day 2 pick, which will very likely be enough for him to leave for the pros.
Even if Snell gets projected in the Round 3-4 range, he still may go pro since running back is a position that doesn’t have a long shelf life in the NFL anymore. Getting into the league and working toward the second contract is why many great college backs leave for the pros early, even if they’re not projected to go very high.
Of course, Snell has produced in a big way in the best conference in America. If he does so again this season, expect him to be playing on Sundays this time next year.