Kentucky’s Chris Rodriguez went to the Senior Bowl

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Kentucky runs back Chris Rodriguez has accepted an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Rodriguez has and will continue to set records throughout his SEC career. On Saturday against Vanderbilt, he recorded his 32nd rushing touchdown, which is second on Kentucky’s all-time rushing touchdown list. He tied Benny Swift for his school record 19th 100-yard rushing game. His 3,473 career rushing yards allowed him to move up to third place on the program’s all-time rushing list. Rodriguez needs 401 rushing yards to surpass Snell for the all-time record.

He also has 20 passes for 116 yards and three touchdowns in his career.

The Georgia native missed the first four games of the season while working out an NCAA eligibility issue. He also pleaded guilty to one DUI charge over an off-season arrest. head coach Markus Stoops welcomed him back to the team with open arms.

“He’s a guy who’s done a remarkable job for us over the years, so I’ll always be extremely loyal to Chris,” Stoops said during an appearance on BBN Tonight. “No one is perfect and people make mistakes here and there. I think everyone is human but we all appreciate what Chris has done for this university for a long time and the leader and player that he is. People make mistakes and he will recover from them. We’ve all made different mistakes and he’s a great young man who I’m proud to be on this team and coach and we’ll get over it.”

The running back was named college football player of the year at both the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards and was named Second Team All-SEC by the Associated Press. As a junior last season, Rodriguez was named First Team All-SEC by the Associated Press and Second Team by the league coaches and Phil Steele.

From Ola High School in McDonough, Georgia, Rodriguez was rated a 3-star contender and #64 in the Class of 2018 by the industry average 247Sports Composite.

The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. ET at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

“The Reese’s Senior Bowl is widely regarded as the preeminent college football All-Star game and the first stage in the NFL draft process. The longest consecutive All-Star game in the last 73 years was in Mobile, Alabama .More than 900 NFL employees, including key decision makers from all 32 teams, and over 900 members of the media from across the country were accredited last year. Last April, the game yielded a record 106 picks for the second straight year, making 40 equals percent of the entire NFL draft, including 45 of the top 100 selected players.”

The Wildcats sent security Yusuf KorkerEdge rusher Josh Paschalcenter Luke Fortner and offensive guard Darian Kinnard to the game last year. Paschal could not compete due to injury.