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Benny Snell watch: Tracking Snell’s pursuit of UK’s all-time rushing record

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UK running back Benny Snell talks about playing sick and his roommate A.J. Rose's big game Saturday in the Cats' opener against Central Michigan.
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UK running back Benny Snell talks about playing sick and his roommate A.J. Rose's big game Saturday in the Cats' opener against Central Michigan.

Kentucky Wildcats junior running back Benny Snell entered the 2018 season needing to rush for 1,412 yards to pass Sonny Collins (3,835 yards from 1972-75) as UK’s all-time leading rusher.

Over a 12-game schedule, Snell entered the season needing to average 117.7 yards a game to break the record. If UK advances to a bowl game, Snell would need to average 108.7 yards a game on a 13-game slate to break Collins’ record.

Benny Snell is in pursuit of Kentucky's career rushing record. Here is where he stands on the list and who he needs to get past to get there.

Throughout the Kentucky season, we are going to track Snell’s progress toward the record game-by-game.

Game one: Against Central Michigan in UK’s 2018 season opener, Snell ran for 125 yards on 20 carries.

What he needs going forward to break the record: After one week, Snell now needs 1,287 yards to break Collins’ record. That is an average of 117 a game over the remaining 11 contests, or 107.3 a game if UK plays 12 this season.

Mark Story: (859) 231-3230; Twitter: @markcstory

UK running back Benny Snell Jr. is featured on the cover of the Herald-Leader's 2018 college football preview section. See how photographers Alex Slitz and Mark Mahan put it all together.





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