Kentucky RB SEC top return rusher Chris Rodriguez arrested for drunk driving and careless driving

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Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. was arrested Sunday for negligent driving and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, according to state records. Rodriguez, who was pulled over by the University of Kentucky police, also faces charges of driving with a broken taillight.

The school has not yet issued a statement regarding Rodriguez’s arrest.

Rodriguez is the SEC’s top returnee after having a breakout season in 2021. He was named First-Team All-SEC by the Associated Press after rushing for 1,379 yards and nine touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 10-3 record. Rodriguez surpassed the 100-yard mark nine times, including five consecutive 100-yard appearances by the end of the year.

The senior will play an important role in Kentucky’s offense as it progresses following offensive coordinator Liam Coen’s return to the NFL. The Wildcats hired Los Angeles Rams quarterback coach Rich Scangarello to oversee the unit and mold prospective NFL draft pick Will Levis into his second season with the program.

If Rodriguez is forced to miss any point this season as a result of his arrest, it will be a huge win for the Wildcats. After Rodriguez, Kentucky’s next man is senior Kavosiey Smoke, who had 416 rushing yards in 2021. Levis also rushed for 376 yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman season with the Wildcats. Kentucky RB SEC top return rusher Chris Rodriguez arrested for drunk driving and careless driving

Justin Scacco

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