Beavs get back what was missing

ARGUABLY THE BIGGEST "commit" for the Beavers happened when James Rodgers this week received a medical hardship waiver and a fifth year of eligibility at Oregon State. Without the multi-dimensional Rodgers in '10, whose season was shuttered Oct. 9 after suffering a knee injury against Arizona, the Beaver offense was never the same. But that was last year..

And 2011, well it now looks considerably brighter with Rodgers back in the fold.

Just how much James Rodgers brings to the table was made starkly apparent once he was relegated to crutches on the sideline.

While all the preseason Heisman talk surrounded Jacquizz Rodgers last year, it's easy to forget James is even more of a yardage machine than Quizz.

And in the run game, passing game, return game – and just in having the threat of Quon on the field -- that was all lost as Rodgers missed eight full games and parts of two others in 2010.

Rodgers has had one surgery and a second one is scheduled for today. He'll miss spring drills, he'll be busy with rehab, but he is scheduled to be ready to go by the time fall camp kicks off in early August.

Rodgers qualified for the hardship waiver since he played less than 30 percent of the season. His appeal for a fifth season was reportedly passed unanimously.

Before his injury, Rodgers was racking up 176.8 all-purpose yards per game. He set the all-time mark at OSU for career all-purpose yards prior to his injury, with 5,784 hashes. His 91 catches as a junior set the single season record at Oregon State, and was the sixth most in Pac-10 history.

Rodgers the year before was No. 7 in the nation in all-purpose yardage -- 303 hashes rushing the ball, 1,034 receiving, 151 on punt returns and 840 yards on kickoff returns. That's 2,328 yards, 179 yards per game and one very difficult piece of the puzzle to replace, as Oregon State found out the hard way in 2010.

On paper, the probable starting receiving corps looks formidable for 2011 -- Rodgers, Jordan Bishop, Markus Wheaton, along with h-back Joe Halahuni, at the receiving end of passes thrown by Ryan Katz could put up some crooked numbers indeed.


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