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

Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. (26) threw a stiff arm at Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams (13) during the Wildcats’ win at Kroger Field on Saturday.
Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr. (26) threw a stiff arm at Murray State linebacker Quincy Williams (13) during the Wildcats’ win at Kroger Field on Saturday. aslitz@herald-leader.com

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.

Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen talks about his team’s focus after 48-10 win over Murray State on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018.

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

Game Three: Snell ran 15 times for 75 yards against Murray State

Game Two: Snell ran 27 times for 175 yards at Florida

Game One: Snell ran 20 times for 125 yards against Central Michigan

For the season: Snell has run 62 times for 375 yards.

Needed to break the record: 1,037 yards. That is an average of 115.2 yards in the nine remaining regular-season games or 103.7 if UK earns a postseason bowl trip.

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Kentucky beats Murray State 48-10 Saturday at Kroger Field in Lexington. The Wildcats are 3-0 with a game against No. 16 Mississippi State next on the schedule.

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