An arrest warrant has been issued for Kentucky pushing back the arrest of Chris Rodriguez Jr. after the Wildcats star failed to show up for his arraignment, reports Channel 18 News in Lexington. The judge also fined Rodriguez $200 for his no-show, according to the report. The charges stem from a previous arrest of Rodriguez last Sunday. Rodriguez was arrested Sunday and arrested for negligent driving and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs in Fayette County, Kentucky, according to Kentucky Arrest Reports. Rodriguez was pulled over by police on Nicholasville Road, according to arrest information.
Rodriguez, one of the top returns in the SEC, rushed for 1,371 yards — 12th nationally — and 10 touchdowns last season, averaging more than six yards per carry for the second straight season. As a sophomore in 2020, he enjoyed a breakout season in which he rushed for 785 yards in just nine games and 11 touchdowns with just 119 carries.
Despite missing two games this season, Rodriguez ranked sixth in the SEC in rushing yards and 17th nationally and first in the SEC in yards per carry (6.6). Rodriguez, who had rushes for 79 and 74 yards this season, was one of only five SEC backs with double-digit rushing totals.
He was named a first-team All-SEC by Pro Football Focus and a second-team All-American by Pro Football Focus and a fourth-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele.
Despite losing the offensive coordinator Liam CoenKentucky is not expected to help lighten Rodriguez’s frenzied burden during the 2022 campaign Rich Scangarello be in charge aggressively.
“Rich Chris absolutely loves that runner style, you know what I mean because he doesn’t go backwards very often, so in this system and a lot of systems, being ahead of the chains is a big deal, so we like what we’re doing there and we’re deep into it,” said the Wildcats coach Markus Stoops said in March, per Fox Lexington.
Rodriguez recorded four 100-yard rushing games last season, and as of 2019 he has now rushed for 100 yards or more in six of his last 13 games. He rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Ole Miss, 108 yards against Georgia, a career-high 149 yards and two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, and 139 yards and a career-best three points against South Carolina in the regular-season finals. Rodriguez currently ranks 27th on Kentucky’s career rushing list with 1,365 yards. He needs two more points to break into the all-time top 10 for career-fast touchdowns.
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Kentucky is scheduled to open its 2022 season at home against Miami (Ohio) on September 3. The Wildcats begin Week 2 at the SEC game in Florida before returning home for more off-conference clashes with Youngstown State and Northern Illinois before SEC play resumes Ole Miss Oct. 1
Brad Crawford contributed to this report.