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Chris Rodriguez will “hopefully” start getting more carries

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Kentucky football fans have lamented on the lack of Chris Rodriguez since the powerful redshirt sophomore got the offense rolling in the second half at Tennessee. On the first third quarter scoring drive in Knoxville he accounted for 42 yards. Two drives later he provided the final score that proved to be the dagger.

Expecting to see more of No. 24 against Missouri, many fans were left asking, “Why isn’t Chris Rodriguez getting the ball more?” Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran as asked just that Tuesday evening.

“He’s had more reps than any running back I think the last two games. If they want to see my statistical sheet, they can. When you only run about ten plays in a game — there wasn’t a lot. We were awful and he didn’t to chug that thing very much. We didn’t do much of anything right,” Gran said.

Hopefully as we continue you’ll see 24 getting more carries for sure. I really like the way he’s running the ball right now. Those people are right to ask that question.”

Gran is correct: over the last two game Rodriguez has 22 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown. Over that same span A.J. Rose had 15 carries for 65 yards. C-Rod will get the rock more if Kentucky’s offense can run more plays by moving the chains and maintaining some sustained scoring drives.

Article written by Nick Roush

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5 Comments for Chris Rodriguez will “hopefully” start getting more carries

  1. clarks
    10:38 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Uh he should be near 25 touches per game not every two. Was worried about this entering season, if a rb dont get enough Carrie’s he never gets into rhythm, just ask benny snell. Best rotation would be primary back(rodriguez) with about every third or fourth drive rose get a series to not overwork. With all drives, if he back 100%, smoke is change of pace back who gives breather during drive if needed. In any sport you must define everyone’s role so they can focus on being the best at their role. Havent forgot bout McClain cause he looks promising and even though its rose senior year and has big play potential he just not getting it done consistently.

  2. zoupman
    7:45 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    Same staff told us every week for 2 years, they would find a way to get ball to Conrad. Never did.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:40 am October 28, 2020 Permalink


  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    11:39 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    Jack Pilgrim said the other day the only person on the planet who doesn’t realize Chris is the best RBis his position coach/coordinator. I personally think Smoke is the best if he’s healthy, but he apparently isn’t yet.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:40 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

      Anyway, the way Jack put it was great.