Add another Kentucky junior with an NFL draft decision to the returning to school club.
Starting running back, A.J. Rose announced on twitter that he will return to Lexington for his senior season.
— AJ Rose Jr (@ajrose_10) January 9, 2020
There was some speculation that Rose could head to the NFL or even transfer for his senior season, but the running back says he wants to come back to UK and compete for an SEC East title.
In 2018, Rose served as the second running back behind Benny Snell. Rose ran for 442 yards and five touchdowns and added 82 receiving yards and a touchdown reception.
Despite a crowded backfield, Rose won the starting job as a junior in 2019. Rose did not disapoint as he ran for 826 yards and six touchdowns and averaged an impressive 5.5 yards per carry.
With Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke still sophomores, Rose will likely get the bulk of the carries next season.
Rose also has a great chance of putting himself in the UK record books. The Cleveland, Ohio native is 465 yards away from passing Marc Logan (1983-1986) for 10th place on Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher list. He also needs seven more rushing touchdowns to tie Ivy Joe Hunter (1985-1989) for 10th place on Kentucky’s rushing touchdown list.
With Rose returning, he joins Landon Young and Quinton Bohanna as juniors who announced they plan to come back for their senior season.