Is this real life?
Not only are the Kentucky Wildcats off to one of the most impressive starts in school history, but the football program also has a legitimate Heisman contender in Benny Snell. The Big Blue Nation has known for over 2 years the type of special talent that Benny Snell is. The rest of the nation had the opportunity to learn that more themselves after Snell ran buck wild on one of the best defenses in college football. After rushing for a legendary 165 yards and 4 touchdowns against Mississippi State it has put Snell’s name firmly in the Heisman conversation.
After Saturday night, Snell, saw his Heisman chances sky rocket from 300/1 to 80/1
Week 4 Heisman Hype
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Ala
2. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St
3. Will Grier, West Virginia
4. Benny Snell, Kentucky
5. Blake LaRussa, Old Dom!!!
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) September 24, 2018
Tua Tagovailoa increases gap to win Heisman & Benny Snell makes biggest jump in new Heisman odds via @LVSuperBook:
Haskins, Murray 5/1
McSorley, Milton 20/1
Dillon, Love 30/1
Fromm, Herbert, Lock, Swift 50/1
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 24, 2018
What needs to happen
First and foremost, in order for Benny Snell to have a real chance at winning the Heisman trophy the Cats have to keep winning. For perspective, the last 5 Heisman winners only have 9 combined losses between them and 4 of those losses were Louisville’s when Lamar Jackson took home the hardware in 2016. But its fair to say that in most years the winner is representing a team that has just a few losses. I don’t see a scenario where Benny Snell can even get invited to New York on stats alone. His statistics must be coupled together with accumulating wins in the toughest conference in America. My honest opinion would be that UK absolutely has to get 9 or 10 wins for Snell to have a chance at becoming Kentucky’s first ever winner of the Heisman trophy.
Kentucky has officially started a campaign!
Typically when a school has an emerging candidate for a trophy such as the Heisman, the University will start some sort of marketing strategy to support the player. This is especially true when it is a school that is not accustom to something of this magnitude, like Kentucky. Today, the University released both a promo video and an entire site dedicated to Benny for Heisman.
Even if UK splits the next two games and Snell has good numbers he will still be in a great position for some Heisman hype. But, if they do pick up the victory this Saturday, you can expect the national attention to double as the Cats would push themselves in the top 15 with Benny getting overwhelming hype for the award. Click here to check out the official campaign! https://spark.adobe.com/page/Km0HWcTptN1iF/
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