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Kentucky Wildcats' Benny Snell, Austin MacGinnis receive SEC honors

Kentucky's Benny Snell and Austin MacGinnis have been honored by the Southeastern Conference this week for their contributions to the Wildcats' 40-38 win over Mississippi State.

Snell was named SEC Freshman of the Week after rushing for 128 yards on 19 carries, including a 34-yard touchdown run. It was the Ohio native's second 100-yard effort in his first seven career games and marked the most by a UK freshman against a league opponent since Derek Homer had 137 yards against Tennessee in 1997.

Snell's 469 rushing yards are the most by a UK player through the first seven games of his freshman season since Moe Williams (597) in 1993.

MacGinnis was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week. The junior kicker made four field goals -- including the game-winning 51-yarder as time expired -- and converted two extra points to account for 14 of the Cats' 40 points against the Bulldogs. His game-winning kick was UK's first since Seth Hanson kicked a 33-yarder to beat LSU in 1998.

The only other game-winning kick of at least 50 yards on the final play of the game at UK was Doug Pelfrey's 53-yarder to beat Cincinnati in 1991.

It marks only the second time in school history that UK has had two players honored for the same game. In 2007, Wesley Woodyard was SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Jason Leger was SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following a road win at Arkansas. 


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