Each week, On3’s Charles Power ranks the top 300 players in college football based on their on-field impact. Today, six Kentucky Wildcats made the list based on their performances vs. ULM, Missouri, and Chattanooga. Two Cats, Wan’Dale Robinson and Chris Rodriguez, rank in the Top 75 with grades of 91 or higher.
Kentucky Wildcats climbing the ranks, record books
Saturday’s scare vs. Chattanooga took some of the shine off the exciting start to the season, so for some perspective, let’s run through some stats.
Through three games, Wan’Dale Robinson has 18 receptions for 337 receiving yards and two touchdowns, along with three carries for 73 rushing yards. He ranks 16th nationally and second in the SEC in receiving yards per game (112.3), 14th nationally and second in the SEC in all-purpose yards per game (141.0). Robinson currently has six plays of 30+ yards and is the first Wildcat to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games since Derek Abney in 2001.
Chris Rodriguez ranks first in the SEC in total rushing yards (378), second in rushing yards per game (126.0), and third in all-purpose yards (131.0). He has 1,739 career rushing yards, which ranks 14th in Kentucky Football history. He needs 232 yards to move into the top 10. The junior rushed for a touchdown in five consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history, before going without a score vs. Chattanooga.
Junior quarterback Will Levis has cooled off a bit since his sensational debut but still ranks seventh nationally in passing yards per completion (15.49), 17th in passing touchdowns (7), and 19th in passing efficiency (168.7). His 367 passing yards in the season-opener vs. ULM are the most for a Kentucky player ever in their debut and the most for a Kentucky quarterback since Patrick Towles threw for 390 vs. Mississippi State in 2014.
In the Week Two win over Missouri, senior wide receiver Josh Ali became the 31st player in Kentucky Football history with 1,000 or more yards receiving. A week later, he became the 18th player in school history to cross the century mark in career receptions (102).