No. 20 Wildcats travel to No. 12 Florida on Saturday. Kentucky will be without Chris Rodriguez Jr. for the second straight game. sources told ESPN.
Rodriguez, the SEC’s leading rusher with 1,379 yards a year ago, is on the sidelines pending a decision on the NCAA case, according to sources, and Kentucky hopes to get an answer later this week. He is expected to miss at least three games. Kentucky will play both home games against Youngstown State on Sept. 17 and Northern Illinois on Sept. 24.
Kentucky was held to 50 rushing yards in the season-opening 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio). Senior running back Ramon Jefferson, who transferred from Sam Houston State, tore his ACL in the opener and will miss the rest of the season.
Coach Mark Stoops said there were many different layers to Rodriguez’s decision and that it was simply out of Stoops’ hands.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio reports that he expects Rodriguez to miss three to four games.
In May, Rodriguez was arrested and charged with DUI. He later accepted the guilty plea during his pretrial conference.
Kentucky announced Thursday that it will return to the Florida game after missing the opener without linebacker Jordan Wright.
The Wildcats have won two of their last four games against the Gators after a 31-game losing streak.