Rodgers during 2009 fall camp at Oregon State
|No. 32 Atlanta Falcons|
|Running back / Kickoff returner|
|Date of birth:February 6, 1990|
|Place of birth: Richmond, Texas|
|High School: Rosenberg (TX) Lamar Consolidated|
|Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)||Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)|
|College: Oregon State|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Atlanta Falcons|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Yards per carry||3.8|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jacquizz "Quizz" Rodgers (born February 6, 1990) is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers played for the Oregon State Beavers. During his freshman year, Rodgers was named the 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers was selected as the 145th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
High school career
Rodgers broke out big in his sophomore season at Lamar Consolidated High School with 2,278 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns averaging 9.4 yards per carry. In his junior season, he improved with 2,592 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. As a senior, Rodgers led the Mustangs to the 2007 4A Division 1 State Football Championship. In the title game, Rodgers rushed for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries, blocked a PAT, recovered a fumble, and had six tackles on defense as the Mustangs won the state title over Copperas Cove, 20-14. Rodgers finished his senior season with 2,890 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, as well as 556 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Post season honors following his senior season included being named the 4A Region III Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-conference running back and defensive back, second team all-conference receiver, second team all-state defensive back, and fourth team all-state running back. He was also named the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in Class 4A.
Rodgers, who received offers from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Oregon, USC, Houston, Baylor, and Tennessee decided to join his older brother James and enroll at Oregon State. Rodgers started out the season second on the depth chart but quickly took over as the starter. Most notably his greatest game in his young college football career came in a stunning upset of the then #1 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans, when he had 36 carries for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers and his brother became known by Oregon State fans as the "Quizz Show" backfield.
Rodgers broke the Pac-10 freshman rushing record during Oregon State's 34-6 victory over UCLA on November 8, 2008. At the end of the season he was unable to play in the Civil War against archrival Oregon due to injury and was beat out by California's Jahvid Best as the 2008 Pac-10 Rushing Leader. He also missed the 2008 Sun Bowl. Rodgers finished the season with 1,253 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
In 2009, Rodgers scored 23 total touchdowns, including 1 passing and 1 receiving. He finished the season with over 1,400 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. After a 38-28 victory over Stanford, Rodgers recorded 271 total yards and 4 touchdowns, Rodgers was named Rivals.com Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week. In the 2009 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Rodgers was thrown a backwards lateral, which resulted in the first fumble of his collegiate career. The Beavers lost that game to the BYU Cougars in disappointing fashion.
On January 10, 2011, Rodgers announced that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility. Rodgers was originally listed as the number five running back prospect entering the draft by NFL Network's draft specialist, Mike Mayock. At the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine, Rodgers ran the 40 yard dash in 4.64 seconds and was measured at 5 feet 5 and 7/8 inches. However, during Oregon State University's Pro Day, Rodgers was able to reduce his 40 yard dash time to 4.47 seconds. He also measured in slightly taller at 5 feet 6 and 3/4 inches.
Awards and honors
- Named Rivals.com Player of the Week (vs. Stanford)
- Named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the week of October 10, 2009
- 2008 First Team All-Pac-10
- 2009 First Team All-Pac-10
- 2010 First Team All-Pac-10
- 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year
- 2008 AP Third Team All-American
- 2009 AP Third Team All-American
- 2010 AP First Team All-American
- "Jacquizz Rodgers". Rivals.com. http://www.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?Sport=1&pr_key=45508. Retrieved 2008-09-25.
- However, Dave Campbell's Texas Football lists Rodgers as having 136 touchdowns. In either case, Rodgers holds the state record for most touchdowns.
- "Jacquizz Rodgers". Rivals.com. http://www.rivals.com/viewprospect.asp?pr_key=45508&Sport=1. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- "Oregon State beats UCLA 34-6". Rivals.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recap?gid=200811080064.
- Buker, Pauk (October 12, 2009). "This time, it's Jacquizz Rodgers who gets Pac-10 Offensive Player of Week honors". OregonLive.com. http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindbeaversbeat/2009/10/this_time_its_jacquizz_rodgers.html. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
- "Jacquizz Rodgers Declares for NFL Draft". OSUBeavers.com. January 10, 2011. http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011011aaa.html.
- "Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, NFL Draft". CBS Sports. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/archive/1631866.
- Ledbetter, D. Orlando (July 28, 2011). "Falcons sign Clabo, Jones and Rodgers". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/falcons-sign-clabo-jones-1056157.html?cxtype=rss_news. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- "Masoli, Mohamed and Costa Named Pac-10 Football Players of the Week". Pac-10.org. November 23, 2009. http://www.pac-10.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112309aac.html. Retrieved November 23, 2009.[dead link]
- "Jacquizz Rodgers". Official Site of Oregon State Athletics. http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=24795&SPID=1952&DB_OEM_ID=4700&ATCLID=1383324&Q_SEASON=2008. Retrieved 2008-11-09.[dead link]