Lexington, Ky. (LEX 18) — We’re only two weeks into the season, but Kentucky standout running back Benny Snell Jr. is starting to receive some buzz around the country.
This shouldn’t be new to Wildcat fans, they know what he’s capable of doing each week.
Now, the buzz is starting to spread a little more across the nation.
On Wednesday’s edition of Around the Horn, ESPN’s Clinton Yates said ‘Benny Snell for Heisman, think about it’ during his closing segment.
PFF College also released a Heisman Watch list with Snell at number 5.
Through the first two weeks of the season, Snell is averaging 150 yards per game on the ground. He had 125 in the season opener against Central Michigan to go along with two touchdowns. He followed that performance with 175 yards against Florida, where Kentucky snapped a 31-game losing streak to the Gators.
Head football coach Mark Stoops was asked Thursday if the team has talked about starting a Heisman campaign for the standout running back.
“We have not,” said Stoops. “[The team] will do a great job of promoting Benny. I’m sure Benny and Josh [Allen] and several of our guys for some post season awards, they deserve that. We’ll do some things as we move forward to help promote those guys.”
Kentucky will host FCS program Murray State this weekend. It could be a good spring board for Snell if he were to put up big numbers, as Kentucky will get into the heart of its SEC schedule next weekend against South Carolina.