BF.C ALL-DECADE TEAM: WR

STILL HONING his skills, this BF.C all-decade receiver still has one more year of eligibility, but he is already one of the best of the best...

NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit OSUBeavers.com.

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BF.C All-Decade Team

WR
#8
| 5-7, 185
JAMES RODGERS
Lettered at OSU: 2007-current
High school: Lamar Cons HS | Rosenberg, TX
Awards/All-conference: 2009 first team All-Pac-10, 2009 third team Associated Press All-American

What others say:  Former Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield - "As a quarterback, you like the way he comes out of breaks. He is instinctive and smart. He'll catch a pass and instead of trying to run outside, he'll knife up the field. You put that together with his physical tools and his athleticism – he's not the biggest kid, but there aren't many like him."

Career synopsis:  Although his body of work is still in progress James Rodgers is one of the most lethal offensive weapons to ever put on the Orange and Black -- and he's still improving each year.

Rodgers ability to pick up the offense quickly allowed him to play as a true freshman in 2007 and for the coaches to insert the deadly fly sweep that has become synonymous with Beaver football the last couple of years. 

After mastering the fly sweep the 5-foot-7 dynamo turned his attention to route running and blocking where he has currently become one of the best.

A tireless gym rat Rodgers has improved his game each year.  As a freshman he accumulated 916 all-purpose yards, as a sophomore 1,833 all-purpose yards and as a junior a school best 2,328 all-purpose yards.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley says Rodgers is, "one of the hardest workers, and probably the most conscientious player, I have ever coached.  He is the perfect picture of a Beaver football player."

One of Rodgers more memorable plays was his 25-yard run on a fly sweep in the second overtime against Oregon to win the 2007 Civil War.

Career statistics: 154 rushes for 1,339 yards (8.7 ypc) and nine touchdowns | 161 receptions for 1,845 yards (11.5 ypc) and 14 touchdowns | 74 kickoff returns for 1,780 yards (24 ypr) and one touchdown | 13 punt returns for 151 yards (11.6 ypr)

Runner up: T.J. Houshmanzadeh (1999-2000) - Although he had just one memorable season in Corvallis he left his mark catching 42 passes for 656 yards (15.6 ypc) and six touchdowns earning second team all-conference honors in 2000.  Houshmanzadeh, one of the team's emotional leaders, was fearless over the middle and ran like a tight end after catching the ball -- he was always looking for someone to punish near the end of his run.

Also worthy of mention: Shane Morales (2006-08)


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