Football

ChrisRodriguez Jr.

  • position Running Back
  • height 5-11
  • Weight 224
  • class Redshirt Sophomore
  • Hometown McDonough, Ga.
  • High school Ola

2022 – Senior
• Team Captain
• Maxwell Award Watch List
• Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List
• SEC’s leading returning rusher
• Second-Team All-America (Phil Steele)
• Fourth-Team All-America (Athon)
• First-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
• Has 2,740 career rushing yards, sixth on UK’s career rushing list
• Has 26 career rushing touchdowns, Ɵ ed with Sonny Collins and Moe Williams for second on the UK career list
• Just the 10th player in school history with at least 20 rushing touchdowns
• Has 15 100-yard games in his career, third in school history

2021 – Junior (Team Captain)
• First-Team All-SEC (AP, USA Today Network)
• Second-Team All-SEC (Coaches, Phil Steele)
• Third-Team All-SEC (PFF)
• SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week 2)
• CFPA Honorable Mention (Week 2)
• On3’s SEC Player of the Week (Week 2)
• College Sports Madness Offensive SEC Player of the Week (Week 2)
• Maxwell Award Watch List
• Doak Walker Award Watch List
• Ranked 12th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing yards per game (106.1)
• Ranked 18th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing yards (1,379)
• Ranked 18th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing yards per carry (6.13)
• Ranked seventh in the SEC in all-purpose yards per game (110.77)
• Became the 10th player in school history to have 2,000 or more career rushing yards
• Played in all 13 games with 12 starts in 2021
• Totaled 1,379 rushing yards in 2021, fifth on the UK single-season list
• Also had 13 receptions for 61 yards and three scores
• Became just the 10th player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the 14th total time a Wildcat has accomplished that feat
• Had nine 100-yard rushing games, a new school record
• Had a streak of five consecutive games with a rushing TD, the second-longest streak in school history
• Rushed 20 times for 107 yards in the win over Iowa in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, including the game winning touchdown on a six-yard run with 1:48 remaining … Scored both of UK’s touchdowns, the first coming on a five-yard pass reception on UK’s first possession of the game … Marked his fifth consecutive 100-yard game, third-longest streak in school history
• Rushed 16 times for 121 yards and one touchdown in the win at Louisville
• Rushed 16 times for 114 yards and one touchdown in the win over Vanderbilt, averaging 7.1 yards per carry … He played less than three quarters of the game
• Caught a career-high four passes at No. 1 Georgia
• Rushed 16 times for 147 yards and UK’s final touchdown in the win over LSU … Averaged 9.2 yards per carry … Also caught a three-yard touchdown pass on UK’s first offensive possession, his second receiving TD of the season … Marked the most rushing yards for a Wildcat vs. LSU since Al Baker (159) in 1990
• Rushed 19 times for 99 yards and one touchdown in the win over No. 10/9 Florida, the most rushing yards for a Wildcat vs. Florida in Lexington since Moe Williams in 1993 (109 yards)
• First player since Benny Snell Jr. in 2018 to rush for 100 yards in each of the first two games
• Rushed 27 times for 206 yards vs. Missouri – both career highs … Had three rushing TDs and also caught a five-yard touchdown pass on the first possession, his first collegiate receiving TD

2020 – Sophomore
• First-Team All-SEC (Pro Football Focus)
• Fourth-Team All-SEC (Phil Steele)
• Played in nine of 11 games
• Team’s leading rusher with 785 yards on 119 carries along with a team-high 11 touchdowns
• Averaged an SEC-high 6.6 yards per carry (17th nationally)
• Ranked fifth in the SEC in rushing (87.2 ypg)
• Had four 100-yard games with a career-best 149 yards vs. Vanderbilt
• Carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards, including both of UK’s touchdowns, in the win over NC State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl
• Rushed 14 times for 139 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the win over South Carolina… His 79-yard touchdown run clinched the game in the fourth quarter and marked his career long run and the fifth-longest run in school history against an SEC opponent
• Became just the second player in school history, also Mark Higgs, to have two runs of at least 74 yards in the same season (had a 74-yard run vs. Vanderbilt)
• Also had a career-high 151 all-purpose yards vs. South Carolina
• Rushed 13 times for a career-high 149 yards and a career-high-tying two touchdowns vs. Vanderbilt
• Averaged 11.5 yards per attempt, best for a UK rusher against an SEC opponent (min. 10 carries) since Randall Cobb averaged 17 yards (10 for 170) vs. Vanderbilt in 2010
• Rushed a career-high 20 times for 108 yards vs. No. 5 Georgia
• Led the Wildcats on the ground in the win over Tennessee with 13 carries for 73 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run that closed the scoring

2019 – r-Freshman
• Saw action in all 13 games
• Totaled 71 carries for 533 yards and six scores, ranking fourth on the team in all categories
• Averaged 7.5 yards per carry (second on the team behind Lynn Bowden’s school record 7.9 ypc)
• His 41.0 yards per game average ranked ninth among SEC freshmen
• Ranked tied for eighth with teammate Kavosiey Smoke in scoring (TDs) among SEC freshmen (2.8)
• Had two 100-yard rushing games
• Rushed six times for 18 yards in the Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech … Had a two-yard TD run late in the second quarter, his sixth TD of the year
• Rushed nine times for 125 yards, including a career-long 64-yard touchdown in UK’s 45-13 win over Louisville
• Rushed 15 times for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Vanderbilt

2018 – Freshman
• Redshirt season
• Saw action in three games
• Appeared in his first collegiate game vs. Murray State and bulldozed two carries for 43 yards

High School
• A three-star prospect by all the major recruiting services
• Played on both sides of the ball as a running back and strong safety
• Ran for 1,669 yards on 233 carries with 25 touchdowns as a senior
• Averaged 7.2 yards per carry
• Named Henry County Offensive Player of the Week in November after running for 236 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Union Grove
• Rushed for 1,401 yards and 15 touchdowns with eight separate games of 100-plus yards rushing as a sophomore
• Increased his numbers to 1,660 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns as a junior
• Earned All-State, All-Region and All-County honors
• Named the Ola 2015 Player of the Year by MaxPreps
• Coached by Jared Zito
• Also lettered in basketball and track
• Chose UK over offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State

Personal
• Born in Riverdale, Georgia
• Son of Stephanie Thornton and Chris Rodriguez
• Siblings are Chyna Thornton and Gabbi Rodriguez
• Graduated in May of 2022 with a degree community and leadership development and is currently working on a second degree in communication

Chris Says
• His nickname is “C-Rod”
• Most people don’t know he likes country music
• The three people he would invite to his fantasy dinner are Chance the Rapper, Drake, and Odell Beckham Jr.
• When he played football as a kid he pretended to be Marshawn Lynch
• Michael B. Jordan would play him a movie about his life

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