Kentucky will be without star running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. for the second straight game when the No. 20 Wildcats travel to No. 12 Florida on Saturday, sources told ESPN.
Rodriguez, the SEC’s leading returning rusher with 1,379 yards a year ago, remains on hiatus while awaiting a decision on an NCAA matter, sources said, and Kentucky hopes to get a response within the week. The expectation is that he will miss at least three games. Kentucky plays Youngstown State on September 17 and Northern Illinois on September 24, both home games.
Kentucky was held to 50 rushing yards in their 37-13 opening win over Miami, Ohio. Senior running back Ramon Jefferson, who transferred from Sam Houston State, tore his cruciate ligament in the opener and will miss the rest of the season.
Coach Mark Stoops only said that Rodriguez’s decision had several different layers and that it wasn’t in Stoops’ hands.
Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones reported ahead of the season that he expects Rodriguez to miss three to four games.
In May, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with drunk driving. He later accepted a guilty plea during his pre-trial conference.
Kentucky announced Thursday that fullback Jordan Wright will be back for the Florida game after missing the opener.
The Wildcats have won two of their last four games against the Gators after losing 31 straight games in the series.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34557606/sources-kentucky-rb-chris-rodriguez-miss-second-straight-game RB Chris Rodriguez Jr. to miss second straight game for Kentucky over NCAA matter