Is Chris Rodriguez the No. 1 running back now?
Michael Bennett asked Mark Stoops that very question in the postgame press conference after Rodriguez rushed for over 100 yards against a Georgia defense that holds opponents to 65 rushing yards per game.
Stoops said, “I think you guys put more stock in that than we do. He got more reps today because he was running well and it’s been that way. It’s hard keeping him out of there, Michael. He’s a very good player and he’s doing some really good things.
“As I’ve said before, they have different strengths and A.J. (Rose) is a guy that we need big play capability as well, Stoops continued. “So A.J. has created, through the years, some explosive runs so we need to continue to work both guys.”
KSR’s Adam Luckett notes Rodriguez finished with a 60 percent success rate on the ground against the Dawgs in the losing effort.
Chris Rodriguez finished with a 60% rushing success rate against a run defense that was allowing less than 2 yards per carry entering today. Gotta ride your horse to end the season.
— Adam Luckett (@AdamLuckettKSR) October 31, 2020
That’s a No. 1 running back day, no?