LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Benny Snell, Jr. has become Kentucky’s workhorse.
During UK’s 37-34 loss to Ole Miss, Snell carried the ball 28 times for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“It takes an awful lot for him to get worn down that way,” UK head coach Mark Stoops said on Monday.
“We've got some players that are like that, you know?” offensive coordinator Eddie Gran said on Tuesday. “I had one at Auburn that was like that - Carlos Rogers. He could go 70 plays.”
“From some of the testing we’ve done in the offseason, he’s amazing the way he recovers,” Stoops said. “He’s got an ability to recover very quickly with his heart rate and some things.
Stoops was alluding to the team’s use of GPS technology, which includes devices worn by players to measure performance and physical conditioning.
“Chris, our guy that helps us with that, he did the little heart rate thing on me and I remember him telling me about that,” Snell, Jr. said. “It's a good thing.”
Against Ole Miss, Snell had 11 carries in the fourth quarter, including nine on UK’s last drive of the game.
“I try to control my breathing. But no matter what, whether I feel like I'm dog tired or got just a little bit of energy I don't want to be out of the game,” Snell, Jr. added. “I feel like I'm able to make those plays no matter what the circumstance my body is in.”
Snell leads the SEC with 897 yards rushing and is set to become the first running back in UK history to produce back-to-back seasons with 1,000 yards rushing or more.
Snell, who seemingly gets stronger as the game wears on, doesn’t seem to mind the fuss over his heart.
“It's a good thing. I feel like I'm a super hero or something like that,” he said.