Benny Snell

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Benny Snell Jr.
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Snell in 2018
No. 24 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1998-02-26) February 26, 1998 (age 22)
Columbus, Ohio
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:224 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Westerville Central (Westerville, Ohio)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:2019 / Round: 4 / Pick: 122
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2019 Citrus Bowl MVP
  • Associated Press All-SEC First Team (2018)
  • Associated Press 3rd Team All-American (2018)
  • Associated Press All-SEC First Team (2017)
  • Freshman All-American (2016)
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Rushing yards:426
Rushing average:3.9
Rushing touchdowns:2
Receptions:3
Receiving yards:23
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Benjamin Snell Jr. (born February 26, 1998) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kentucky.

Snell is the great-nephew of former New York Jets running back Matt Snell.[1]

Early years[edit]

Snell Jr. attended Westerville Central High School.[2] During his time there, he won two Ohio Capital Conference titles. During his junior season, Snell Jr. rushed for 2,077 yards while scoring 26 touchdowns on the ground, he also had two receiving touchdowns that year. As a senior, he totaled 1,826 rushing yards, 264 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. Snell Jr. was rated as a three-star recruit.[2] He chose Kentucky over Iowa, Cincinnati, Boston College, Toledo and West Virginia.

College career[edit]

Freshman[edit]

As a freshman in 2016, Snell rushed for 1,091 rushing yards, breaking the Kentucky freshman rushing record which was held by Moe Williams.[3] Snell Jr. managed to score 13 rushing touchdowns. During his freshman season Snell Jr, set six UK freshman records, including most rushing touchdowns in a game (4), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091), most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13), most total touchdowns by a freshman (13), most 100-yard rushing games (5) and most rushing yards by a freshman in a single game (192). At the end of his freshman season Snell Jr, was selected as a True Freshman All-American by ESPN and 247Sports, Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American, Freshman All-SEC and a Second-team All-SEC pick by Pro Football Focus.

Sophomore[edit]

As a sophomore in 2017, Snell rushed for 1,333 rushing yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns. Snell Jr. became the first Kentucky player with 10 or more career 100-yard rushing games prior to his junior season. He became the only SEC player since 2000 to have at least 116 rushing yards and at least three rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games. Snell Jr. became the ninth player in school history to reach 2,000 rushing yards in his career and the 19th player in SEC history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards prior to his junior season. He became the only player in school history to have back-to-back 1,000 rushing yard seasons. Snell Jr. was selected as a preseason Associated Press All-SEC First Team[4] and All-SEC Second Team. In addition, Snell Jr. was put on the Doak Walker Award Watch List and the Maxwell Award Watch List.

Junior[edit]

As a junior in 2018, Snell rushed for 1,449 rushing yards and scored 16 rushing touchdowns. Snell Jr. became one of four running backs in SEC history to have three consecutive 1,000 rushing yard seasons, the others being Herschel Walker, Darren McFadden, and Alex Collins. Snell Jr. would also become the school's career rushing yards leader after scoring on a 12 yard touchdown run against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2019 Citrus Bowl. This 43 year old record, previously held by Sonny Collins, was broken in just three seasons by Snell.[5] Snell was voted First Team All-SEC by SEC Coaches.[6] He would announce on December 14, 2018 that he would forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.[7]

Career Statistics[edit]

Kentucky Wildcats
Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds TD
2016 Kentucky 186 1,091 5.9 48 13 2 39 0
2017 Kentucky 262 1,333 5.1 71 19 9 72 0
2018 Kentucky 289 1,449 5.0 52 16 17 105 0
Career 737 3,873 5.3 71 48 28 216 0

[8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 10 38 in
(1.79 m)
224 lb
(102 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
4.66 s 4.33 s 7.07 s 29.5 in
(0.75 m)
9 ft 11 in
(3.02 m)
16 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]

Snell was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round with the 122nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.[10]

In Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns, Snell rushed 16 times for 63 yards and his first career rushing touchdown in the 20–13 win.[11] In Week 17 against the Baltimore Ravens, Snell rushed 18 times for 91 yards and a touchdown during the 28–10 loss.[12] As a rookie, Snell finished with 108 carries for 426 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[13]

Snell's first big breakthrough came on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants in Week 1 of the 2020 season after starter James Conner suffered an injury. He finished with 19 carries for 113 rushing yards as the Steelers won 26–16.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenawalt, Tyler (March 1, 2019). "Kentucky's Benny Snell Jr. wants to follow in great uncle's footsteps with Jets". Jets Wire. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  2. ^ a b https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/sports/2018/09/27/benny-snell-jr-will-make-you-believe-kentucky-football/
  3. ^ "KSR Timeline: Benny Snell's Rise to Fame". Kentucky Sports Radio. September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tennessee's Trey Smith Named to Coaches Preseason All-SEC First Team". www.chattanoogan.com. August 23, 2018.
  5. ^ Terry, Derek (January 1, 2019). "Benny Snell becomes Kentucky's all-time leading rusher". CatsPause. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  6. ^ "2018 All-SEC Football Team announced". www.secsports.com. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  7. ^ Hale, John (December 14, 2018). "Benny Snell headed to NFL draft but will play for UK in Citrus Bowl". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  8. ^ "Benny Snell Jr. Statistics". TheWashingtonPost.com. April 28, 2018.
  9. ^ "Benjamin Snell Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Steelers select Snell Jr. in fourth round". Steelers.com. April 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "Duck's Dynasty? Backup Hodges leads Steelers by Browns 20-13". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Despite lacking star power, Ravens beat Steelers 28-10". www.espn.com. Associated Press. December 29, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  13. ^ "Benny Snell 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants - September 14th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2020.

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