Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari hosted Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on his weekly “Coffee With Cal” Facebook Live series Monday.
In the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Tomlin and the Steelers drafted UK running back Benny Snell, who during his three-year collegiate career, broke or tied 14 school records in just three seasons, setting new career marks for rushing yards, total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and 100-yard games in helping lead the Wildcats to three straight bowl appearances. Snell’s 3,873 rushing yards rank 12th all-time in SEC history and only Tim Tebow and Herschel Walker scored more touchdowns in the SEC.
As a rookie last season, Snell rushed 108 times for 426 yards and two touchdowns while filling in for the injured James Conner. Snell rushed for 75 yards in a win over the Chargers, 98 yards in a win over the Bengals, 63 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Browns, and 91 yards and a score in the season finale vs. the Ravens.
Benny is a tough-minded kid, he’s a competitor. I think that’s the thing that attracted me to him when he was down there doing it for your Wildcats. I watched that guy tote that load and beat the Gators. And I understand how tough those SEC wins are,” Tomlin said. “For a guy in that position, it just spoke about his football character, his toughness, and he’s displayed that since he’s been with us.