Two Kentucky Football Players Nominated for Top College Awards

Kentucky running back Benny Snell Jr and linebacker Jordan Jones have been nominated for 2 prestigious awards.

Here is a release from UK:

University of Kentucky junior linebacker Jordan Jones has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, while sophomore running back Benny Snell Jr., has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch list, it was announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

Jones, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, led the Southeastern Conference and ranked 16th nationally in solo tackles per game last season with 5.7 per game and ranked third in total tackles per game with 8.4. He totaled a team-high 109 tackles and led the Wildcats with 15.5 tackles for loss. He has earned preseason All-America honors by Athlon (third team) and preseason first-team All-SEC honors by Athlon Sports and Southern Pigskin.

Snell, a native of Westerville, Ohio, had a record-breaking season with the Wildcats. He set six UK freshman records in 2016, despite not have a rushing attempt until the third game of the season. His records include 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). He was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, ESPN and 247Sports and recently was named third-team All-SEC by Athlon Sports.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. “Tiny” Maxwell, has been given to America’s College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell’s contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official.

Here is hoping Benny and the Jets make a run at the SEC East.

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