Kentucky’s offseason of momentum continues as the team’s second-leading rusher from last season, behind only Lynn Bowden, is returning for his senior season.

On Thursday, running back A.J. Rose announced his intention to return to Lexington for the 2020 season after rushing for 826 yards and six touchdowns last season. For his career, Rose has 1,305 total rushing yards and 11 touchdowns with 150 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.

The Cleveland native has been a mainstay in the Kentucky lineup since the 2018 season and could have made the jump to the NFL but wisely decided to return for another season to improve his stock as the Wildcats’ top option at running back.

While Lynn Bowden is off to the NFL, with Rose returning to Lexington for one final season, Kentucky’s three-headed rushing monster of Kavosiey Smoke and Chris Rodriguez joining forces with the rising senior Rose remains intact looking ahead to the 2020 season.