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  Pittsburgh Steelers fans are learning something Kentucky football fans have long known: It's dangerous to ever underestimate Benny Snell. After a middling rookie season, Snell opened 2020 with 113 yards in the Steelers' season-opening Monday night win over the New York Giants. Now, Steelers fans wonder if Snell could take over the starting job full time. Meanwhile, the running back some recruiting pundits projected to be better than Snell in Kentucky's 2016 recruiting class might be poised for a breakout season of his own. "I feel like A.J. (Rose) is pushing himself to another level, which is really good," UK coach Mark Stoops said on his radio show Monday. "...A.J. has been around here for a while. He's ripped off some big runs for us in the past. I feel like he's more physical than he's been. I feel like he's squaring his shoulders up, he's running the ball down field, he's getting the tough 2 yards when you need 2 yards."

Snell and Rose were both three-star prospects in UK's 2016 class, but gave Rose a 5.6 rating and Snell a 5.5. Rose ended up redshirting in his first year on campus while Snell forced Kentucky coaches to play him right away as a freshman. Snell became the first player in program history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons before declaring for the 2019 NFL draft, where the Steelers selected him in the fourth round. Snell leaving Kentucky a year early for the NFL and Rose's freshman redshirt provided Rose two years as the Wildcats' starter outside the shadow of his fellow Ohio native. Rose started all 13 games for Kentucky last season, but he split carries with redshirt freshmen Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez. - Courier Journal

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