Chris Rodriguez Jr. is a high-ceiling runningback for the Kentucky Football team
It’s a tough task to find something negative to say about the Kentucky Wildcats’ runningback in Chris Rodriguez Jr. In his third season, the power runningback led the SEC in yards per carry, totaling 6.6 per rush on the season.
His backup in AJ Rose was second in the SEC in yards per carry, meaning that Kentucky’s offensive line did an elite job last season.
That said, Rodriguez didn’t put up the same amount of yards as Spiller did a season ago and despite his likeliness of seeing an increased role, he won’t see the same amount of increased touches that Spiller will. Here’s why.
Kentucky came off of an extremely disappointing season at the quarterback position, with long-time starter Terry Wilson struggling in 2020. Next year, they won’t likely see another terrible season from their quarterback. Yes, Rodriguez will get more touches in the absence of his backup in Rose, but the Wildcats will hope that they won’t have to rely on the run game as much.
Regardless of that, Rodriguez has some catching up to do, as he fell over 200 yards short of Spiller on the season.