Chris Rodriguez to sit out bowl game; declares for NFL Draft

Chris Rodriguez shines against Vanderbilt
Chris Rodriguez shines against Vanderbilt(UK Athletics)
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:49 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:50 AM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - UK running back Chris Rodriguez is skipping the Music City Bowl and has declared for the NFL Draft.

He made the announcement on his Instagram page Thursday.

The statement read: “Big Blue Nation, thank you for everything! I can’t tell you how much your support this past year has meant to me. Although I’m going to sit out the bowl game to focus on my health and prepare for my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL, I’ll be in Music City to support my brothers and I hope to see you there. Kentucky always!”

In eight games this season, Rodriguez rushed for 904 yards and six touchdowns.

Rodriguez finishes as the program’s third all-time leading rusher with 3,643 yards, behind Benny Snell and Sonny Collins. His 20 games of 100-plus yards rushing is tops all-time at Kentucky.