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Benny Snell named in Sports Illustrated’s top 100 players

While it’s a nice honor, it’s hard to see there being this many players better than Snell.

Jeremy Chisenhall

Benny Snell had one of the more incredible sophomore seasons of anyone in college football last year.

With 1,318 rushing yards, he ranked in the top 25 in the nation in rushing, and he set program records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a single season. That came after he went for 1,091 yards and 13 scores as a true freshman.

For that, he’s earning some offseason recognition, as Sports Illustrated has listed him as one of the top 100 players in the country.

Snell’s 1,333 rushing yards in 2017 are the most of any running back returning to the SEC in ’18. The Wildcats should give him every opportunity to beat that figure—and make a run at the program’s career rushing record, which Snell trails by only 1,411 yards after just two seasons in Lexington—as they work in a new quarterback following the departure of senior Stephen Johnson.

Who was Benny Snell ranked higher than? A certain Kentucky native by the name of Damien Harris (who was ranked 70th). Still, it’s hard to see there being 65 players in college football that are better than Snell.

Snell was the only Wildcat listed. A total of 13 SEC players made the list, and the highest-ranked was South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel at No. 18.

You can check out the full list here.

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