Kentucky star RB Chris Rodriguez to be suspended for 2 extra video games, anticipated again for showdown vs. Ole Miss

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Kentucky confirmed Monday that working again Chris Rodriguez Jr., a preseason first-team All-SEC choice, can be suspended for 2 extra video games in time for the No. 9 Wildcats sport vs. No. 20 Ole Miss on Oct. 1 after sitting out the Wildcats’ first two video games of the season. The information offers readability to a state of affairs that had lingered all offseason and through sport prep during the last two weeks. 

Rodriguez was arrested for DUI and careless driving in Could and has been coping with one other unresolved incident, in response to 247Sports, the small print of which haven’t been made public.

Rodriguez’ return to the Wildcats lineup is a large improvement. The Wildcats (2-0, 1-0 SEC) jumped as much as No. 9 within the AP High 25 this week after an necessary 26-16 highway win over then-No. 12 Florida. Rodriguez will out UK’s subsequent two video games video games vs. Youngstown State and Northern Illinois. Assuming the Wildcats deal with the Penguins and Huskies, respectively, he’ll be on the sphere in what may very well be a large sport for the large highway sport vs. the Rebels that may very well be a ranked team-vs.-ranked workforce matchup.

His return may even fill a gap for an issue for Mark Stoops’ crew. The Wildcats presently rank thirteenth within the SEC in dashing yards per sport at 60, only a half-yard forward of last-place South Carolina. Kentucky had negative-37 internet dashing yards within the first half vs. Florida, which is an enormous purpose why they entered halftime with a three-point deficit. The Wildcats completed the sport with simply 70 internet yards and averaged 1.8 yards per try. 

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Senior Kavosiey Smoke is a proficient changeup again, however hasn’t been in a position to preserve defenses sincere during the last two video games. With Rodriguez again in motion, the true energy of the Kentucky offense will be unleashed which won’t solely assist the dashing sport, however take stress off of star quarterback Will Levis.

The 5-foot-11, 224-pound senior from McDonough, Georgia, has 2,379 profession dashing yards and 27 profession touchdowns on the bottom in 4 seasons at Kentucky. He rushed for 1,379 yards and averaged 106.08 yards dashing per sport final season, second-most within the SEC in each classes. He was one in all solely two gamers within the convention to common greater than 100 yards per sport on the bottom. Rodriguez is sixth all-time on Kentucky’s checklist of profession rushers, and is 1,133 yards behind Benny Snell, who’s the No. 1 rusher in program historical past.  

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