By LARRY VAUGHT
Opponents are overloading defenders near the line of scrimmage to stop Kentucky sophomore running back Benny Snell.
It has worked — to an extent.
He ran 186 times for 1,091 yards — an average of 5.9 yards per carry — and 13 touchdowns last year with a long run of 48 yards. This season he has 523 yards on 126 carries — and average of 4.2 yards per touch — and six touchdowns in six games. He had a career-best 71-yard scoring run in Saturday’s win over Missouri.
“I come into every game with an edge. It doesn’t matter who I play. I have the same edge for every team, every opponent that we play. I have a great line. I have a great set of tight ends as well. I know they can do their job no matter how many people you put in the box trying to stop me,” Snell said.
One thing that doesn’t change is that he seeks out his parents after every game. He heads for a spot in the corner of the end zone where he knows he’ll always find them. After the 40-34 win over Missouri Saturday and his 71-yard run, he spent extra time hugging them both.
“They are in the parent’s section. Every game they come down to see me. I head for there immediately after the game,” the UK sophomore said. “They were excited for that long run for sure.”
Snell said he was impressed with the fans at Saturday’s game even if he did seem to contradict himself with his explanation.
“I was very happy with BBN and the support. I really wanted this game to be like Florida and I was thinking it would be sold out … but it was way more than I expected. I was happy and hope they all come back,” Snell said.