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Is This The Year?

BY LARRY VAUGHT

Could this be the year that Kentucky finally ends that losing streak against Florida? Kentucky has not beaten Florida since 1987 despite having several great opportunities to do so. Remember last year when not once, but twice, Kentucky left a receiver uncovered inside the red zone when Florida rallied to win at Kroger Field?

Kentucky’s 31 straight losses to Florida is the nation’s longest single-opponent losing streak in college football. In fact, it’s the fourth longest all time behind Notre Dame over Navy 43 times, Nebraska over Kansas 36, and Oklahoma over Kansas State 32. Penn State also beat Temple 31 straight times.

The next closest current streak? Alabama over Vanderbilt 22 straight times.

To ever gain respect as a legitimate football team, Kentucky has to be able to beat Florida but just don’t count me as one who thinks that will happen Saturday in the Swamp.

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Kentucky junior running back Benny Snell’s “outgoing personality” is what his mother calls a “mixture” of her personality and her husband’s personality.

On the field he is stone faced and working to get things done,” April Snell said. “You can’t smile on the field when you are busy making plays. Off the field, he’s very lovable. If you hear him laugh, he’s got one of the best laughs ever. He has a really good smile, too. I have a pretty good laugh, but not as good as Benny.

He has never met a stranger. Anyone can walk up to him and say hello, and he will say hello back. He will sign anything you ask him to sign. He’s very appreciative of BBN (Big Blue Nation) and all the love he has received.”

She wasn’t surprised when her son said he believed he was the best running back in the Southeastern Conference even if Alabama’s Damien Harris is rated higher.

Benny is very confident. You don’t want to take his confidence in football for cockiness,” Snell’s mother said. “He has earned what he has got through blood, sweat and tears. He just speaks the truth. I agree he’s the best at what he does. He will show again he is the best running back in the SEC.”

He ran for 125 yards and two scores on 20 carries, including a 52-yard touchdown run, in the 35-20 win over Central Michigan. But his roommate, sophomore A.J. Rose, gained 104 yards on eight carries and had a 55-yard scoring run.

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