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Chris Rodriguez Tabbed as Breakthrough SEC Offensive Player in 2020

One of the SEC’s leading minds believes Chris Rodriguez will become a household name in 2020.

Friday afternoon Cole Cubelic of the SEC Network shared his Top Five SEC Offensive Breakthrough Players ahead of the 2020 season. Coming in at No. 3 is Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez.

One portion of Kentucky’s three-headed monster at running back, he split carries with A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke as a redshirt freshman. As the physical toll of the season wore on others, Rodriguez grew stronger.

Kentucky’s bruiser in the backfield recorded 402 yards and five touchdowns in the final five games of the season, including a pair of 100+ yard games against Vanderbilt and Louisville. In the month of November alone Rodriguez averaged 9.1 yards per carry.

Many see the McDonough, GA native as the perfect power option in Eddie Gran’s offense. In his late-season offensive explosion Rodriguez proved that he’s not a one-trick pony by showing off breakaway speed on more than one occasion, highlighted by a 64-yard touchdown against Louisville.

Gran has a luxury of riches in his running back room this fall. Who will end up getting the most carries? If Rodriguez plays like he did at the end of the 2019 season, Gran will not be able to keep him off the field.

Article written by Nick Roush

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

5 Comments for Chris Rodriguez Tabbed as Breakthrough SEC Offensive Player in 2020

  1. Realme
    8:01 pm July 25, 2020 Permalink

    Well, duh.

  2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    4:51 am July 26, 2020 Permalink

    I was expecting the Cats to get big stuff from him last year and I think they got it. I think Cole is right but I’ve been a big proponent of this kid since early on. I’m no talent scout but it ain’t exactly hard to see. With the UK o-line, I see him destroying some defenders. I hate that this season is all jacked up.

  3. 2andToodleLoo
    9:09 am July 26, 2020 Permalink

    Man I miss football.

  4. PensacolaCat
    10:53 am July 26, 2020 Permalink

    Smoke or C-Rod? Should be an interesting battle.