Chris Rodriguez’s status detailed in new report ahead of Florida game
Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky’s star running back, will reportedly be out once more when the No. 20 Wildcats travel to Gainesville to take No. 12 Florida. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Low.
Rodriguez, one of the top playmakers in the conference for the past 3 years, continues to remain sidelined while awaiting a ruling on an NCAA matter. According to Low, the Wildcats are hopeful of receiving a final answer on the matter within the week but are preparing for a minimum suspension of 3 games.
Wildcats coach Mark Stoops has been quiet with the details surrounding Rodriguez’s case. When asked this week by local reporters in Lexington, Stoops said the decision was out of his hands, and the ruling had “several different layers” beyond his payroll.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 9, 2022
Last season, Rodriguez became one of the SEC’s more consistent runners on a Wildcats’ roster that defied preseason expectations. Leading the conference with 1,379 yards and 9 touchdowns, the 5-11 junior was a catalyst in helping Kentucky finish with a 10-3 overall record.
Last week, in its season-opening 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio), Kentucky was limited to just 50 total rushing yards. Senior running back and Sam Houston transfer Ramon Jefferson also left during the 1st quarter after suffering a torn ACL. He is now expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Kickoff against the Gators is slated for 7 p.m. ET.