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Chris Rodriguez: “I’m not going anywhere”

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Kentucky’s anvil on wheels will be in the Wildcats’ backfield for the 2021 football season.

Last week a number of seniors and underclassmen announced their intentions to leave for the NFL Draft or return for the 2021 season. Throughout it all, Chris Rodriguez remained quiet. Some in the BBN worried his silence may bring bad news. That’s not the case.

I’m not going anywhere,” he told KSR this afternoon.

Kentucky’s leading rusher in 2020 picked up 785 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 119 carries. No other SEC rusher with more than 50 carries averaged more yards per attempt (6.6) than C-Rod, who was named a second team All-American by Pro Football Focus. He was not tackled behind the line of scrimmage until Kentucky met N.C. State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

Three years removed from graduating high school, in theory he could have tried to become an early entry into the NFL Draft. There’s one thing the worriers did not consider: Rodriguez is only 20 years old. He was just 17 at the start of his true freshman season, the youngest player on the football team.

Most importantly, Rodriguez has unfinished business in Lexington. Despite his success, he never truly became the featured back in 2020. Next fall he has the opportunity to led UK’s offense into the future as a reliable weapon on the ground. Kentucky’s rushing attack is in good hands with Rodriguez in 2021.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Chris Rodriguez: “I’m not going anywhere”

  1. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    2:41 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Good mature decision young man

  2. ClutchCargo
    2:44 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Great to hear!

  3. zoupman
    2:55 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    So glad. Hoping he and the team has a big season.

  4. itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
    3:14 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink


  5. ArmyCatFan
    3:15 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    I love this man. CRod has Benny’s intensity but has an extra step of agility/speed. If there is one thing Gran did well, he built that position group well and ensured they all developed well for their offered skill set. I love watch him run.

  6. millertim
    3:53 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Great decision and great news!! Love how hard this young man runs the ball— punishing!!

  7. UKinIN
    5:18 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    To my knowledge Rodriguez is a kid that’s done everything right. I hope he has a big year.

  8. sprtphan
    5:59 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

    Don’t want to go overboard but I’m getting excited about next year’s team.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      11:21 pm January 13, 2021 Permalink

      As you should. The only real question mark is QB. If we get at least halfway decent play from that position it should be a special season.

    • WKY Cat
      9:41 am January 14, 2021 Permalink

      Sprtphan I get your excitement. I’m guilty of getting over excited every season like last year. But last year had taught me to temper my excitement. But if we have a normal schedule with some cupcakes we should have a good season and record.