4. RB Benny Snell, Kentucky
The numbers aren’t going to wow anyone compared to the leaders on the top of the rushing charts, but Snell should be in the Heisman chase in an MVP sort of a way.
Even though every team is keyed on stopping him and him alone – Terry Wilson has been great, but Snell is the offense – he’s still managing to produce and do exactly what UK needs.
LB Josh Allen is actually the team’s best player – with six sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, and 33 stops, he’s playing up to the NFL hype – but Snell is the one pounding away as the workhorse the offense needs.
He wasn’t needed against Murray State – running 15 times for 75 yards and a score – but he has 20 or more carries in the other four games with 100+ yards in all them.
Against a strong South Carolina D, he rumbled for 124 hard yards and one score in the 24-10 win, and now – along with Alabama – Kentucky is the story of the early part of the SEC season.