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Sunday Quickies: Chris Rodriguez Breakout Edition

An SEC analyst thinks the Kentucky running back is primed for a standout season.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The Kentucky offense should once again have a strong rushing attack this season, and one SEC football analyst thinks one of the members of Kentucky’s backfield could be among the conference’s top breakout players.

Cole Cubelic, from the SEC Network, listed his top five SEC breakout offensive players and among them is Wildcats running back Chris Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, a redshirt sophomore, totaled 71 carries for 533 yards and six touchdowns last season, eclipsing 100 yards in a game twice this season. Rodriguez was second on the team in yards per carry, averaging 7.5 yards per carry only trailing Lynn Bowden in that category.

Kentucky has no shortage of options at the running back position. AJ Rose comes back for a senior season after compiling 826 yards and six touchdowns last season. Fellow redshirt sophomore Kavosiey Smoke also figures to be heavily involved in the Wildcats’ rushing attack after picking up six touchdowns also and 616 yards.

It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Eddie Gran deploys the different running backs and if any of them take on a clear #1 role or if carries are pretty evenly split.

Nonetheless, it is good to see a guy like Rodriguez picking up some preseason hype. It seems like a good sign of things to come.

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