First it was Will Levis and now, Kentucky Football Senior Chris Rodriguez, announces that he will choose to opt out of the Music City Bowl. The game would have been his final game as a Kentucky Wildcat.
Rodriguez will be preparing himself for the 2023 NFL Draft, alongside Will Levis. This was not much of a surprise to me, even though it hurts, because Chris was so close to the Kentucky Football rushing record which is currently held by former Kentucky running back Benny Snell. Rodriguez is sitting in third place behind both Snell and Sonny Collins, he is 191 yards behind Collins and 229 yards behind Snell. One can imagine that if Rodriguez had not had to sit out the first four games of the season, he more than likely would be the leading career rusher at Kentucky.
I can not fault Rodriguez for not playing in the bowl game, due to the offensive line issues that Kentucky has had this season. That, along with Iowa's defensive line, would have made it really hard for him to get the 230 yards to break Benny's record. Aside from that, Chris Rodriguez has done so much for this program in his five years at Kentucky and now it is time for him to continue his career in the NFL. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.