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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Will Levis and Chris Rodriguez, who together led Kentucky to a bowl victory over Iowa last season, will not go for a repeat later this month. The senior quarterback and running back announced this week they won’t play in Kentucky’s Music City Bowl game against Iowa in Nashville on New Year’s Eve.

Levis posted his decision on social media, saying, "If I have one thing to hold in my heart from my time here in Lexington, it’s that Kentucky has my back and that everything ahead of me wouldn’t be possible without the support and encouragement I received along the way. ... With that in mind, after much thought, I have decided to forego my final college football game, look to that next step, and declare for the 2023 NFL Draft."

Levis has been projected as one of the top college quarterbacks available for the 2023 NFL Draft. He completed 65.4% of his passes for 2,406 yards and 19 touchdowns with 10 interceptions as a senior.

Rodriguez posted his announcement Thursday on Instagram, saying, "Although I'm going to sit out the bowl game to focus on my health and prepare for my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL, I'll be in the Music City to support my brothers and I hope to see you there!"

Kentucky likely will turn at quartertback to redshirt freshman Kaiya Sheron, who appeared in four games and completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 187 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

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