Kentucky running back Benny Snell, considered one of the best players in Wildcats’ history, announced on Friday that he will skip his senior year and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
However, Snell said he first will play for the Wildcats against Penn State in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
“To the BBN (Big Blue Nation), you’ve become a part of my family,” Snell said in a video posted on Twitter. “You took a kid in from Ohio and made it feel like home, but there comes a time you have to leave home to build a life of your own. That’s what I’m about to do. I have decided to enter the NFL draft and pursue a dream I have had as long as I can remember. I will be taking some of the best memories of my life with me.”
Snell was an unheralded recruit who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons and helped the Wildcats to a bowl game for the third consecutive season. He has 3,754 yards in his career and was selected first-team All-Southeastern Conference this year.
The Athletic ranks Snell as the No. 10 running back in the 2019 draft class. He ranks second in the SEC with 1,305 yards rushing this season and needs 107 yards against Penn State to break Kentucky’s career rushing record of 3,835 yards. He already has tied or broken 13 Kentucky records.
In November, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops acknowledged Snell was likely headed to the draft.