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Santa Snell

BY LARRY VAUGHT

Benny Snell anticipates he will play in Kentucky’s bowl game because playing football is what he does. It’s no secret he’s headed for the NFL and won’t be back at UK for his senior season. Some players doing that avoid playing in bowl games to not risk being injured (he missed most of the second half against Louisville with a back injury) but coach Mark Stoops says he expects all the Cats, including Snell and Josh Allen, to play in the bowl game.

Snell also has a chance to become UK’s all-time leading rusher. He’s 107 yards behind Sonny Collins after running for 100 yards and two touchdowns in Kentucky’s rout of Louisville.

“I take it game by game and keep those goals in mind,” Snell said. “But I don’t just want to put all my focus on that and never did. I had my offense to carry and my team to lead.”

He’s more proud of Kentucky winning nine regular season games this year, something no Kentucky team has done since 1977.

“It says how far Kentucky has came as a team. From all the way back when we weren’t winning as much. The standards are just higher and higher each year,” Snell said. “Everybody is more tight and knows it is like business. Just guys being accountable and playing harder. I am happy to be part of it.

“This team’s legacy, these seniors can say they played their butts off. When the ball was kicked off, they fought until the end. That’s what I want my legacy to be here.”

Snell admits Adrian Peterson is his all-time favorite running backs and that he’s always watched current NFL backs Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott.

“I like guys that run hard and are strong on pass blocking,” Snell said.

Snell has also put his name into the SEC record book in the same category several times as former Georgia great Herschel Walker. He says he would love for Walker to reach out to him.

“I look up to Herschel. He is amazing. He is one of the greats of all time,” Snell said. “I try to be a sponge any time I am watching his film. It would be amazing to talk to him. That would make my day.”

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