Jordan Jones and Benny Snell named to preseason award watch lists

07/10/2017 11:28 AM

Two of Kentucky football’s star players from last season, junior linebacker Jordan Jones and sophomore running back Benny Snell, have been named to preseason award watch lists.

Jones, who was Kentucky’s leading tackler last season, has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List. The Bednarik Award is presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year. Jones has already earned third-team preseason All-America honors by Athlon Sports and preseason first-team All-SEC honors by Athlon Sports and Southern Pigskin.

Snell, who is coming off of a historic freshman season, has been named to the Maxwell Award Watch list. The Maxwell award is given to America’s College Player of the Year. Snell set six Kentucky freshman records last season, including most rushing touchdowns in a game (4), most rushing yards by a freshman (1,091) and most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (13).

Semifinalists for both awards will be announced on October 30, 2017. The finalists will be announced on November 20 and then the winners will be announced on December 7.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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