Entering Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood

The Rodgers' Brothers show is now playing in Corvallis, Ore. and it is being carried courtesy of their warp speed legs. James and Jacquizz Rodgers are clearly the most dynamic duo to ever hit the Pac-10 from the same family. These two Texas-born kids are nothing short of pure excitement.

After watching four of their games this year I'm not sure I can ever remember two brothers who were more important to their team.

They are only 5-foot-7, but proof that dynamite comes in small packages, because either of them is absolutely explosive when the ball is in their hands.

James, the oldest, is currently the star of the team because the Beavers are actually more of a passing team this year than a running team. He is the leading receiver in the league and also the leading all-purpose player. His brother Jacquizz is second in all-purpose yards, receiving yards, and third in rushing, and oh yeah, the leading scorer with 16 touchdowns. James has caught 66 balls and Quizz has 58. At 989 yards rushing on the season, Quizz is certain to go over a 1,000 against the Huskies.

Both players' legs are like whirlwinds. They are constantly in motion. Both have incredible acceleration and can start and stop on a dime.

The Beavers coaching staff do a great job of simply getting one or the other the ball on at least every other play. In fact their quarterback, Sean Canfield, leads the league in passing mostly because he is always throwing short to them and letting them run after catch.

James is used in motion a lot and is at his best on the fly sweep. Quizz runs the inside and outside game and hides so well behind his line that he just blows by the second level of the defense when he gets space. They will run the power, sweep, and zone plays and basically tell you when they are going to run or pass by the personnel they use or the stances they are in.

It really doesn't make any difference; the Huskies are going to have to have great awareness of these two, but the Beavers also have other weapons like Damola Adeniji, their tall receiver, and the receiving tight end from Orting, Joe Halahuni.

Every team has its stars but not every team has a set of brothers like the Beavers do. Their performance against Stanford, a pretty good football team, was sensational. If Washington can hold just one of them in check they stand a much greater chance of winning.

That is why Canfield's play this year has been critical to their success. He knows the brothers can get open because they are so quick and he hits them early and with great touch. As a red-shirt senior, he has waited a long time for this opportunity, and after beating out Lyle Moevao has become a really good quarterback. He is completing almost 70 percent of his passes and only has five picks on the season. He is a lefty with a tight spiral and he can zip it in there on the close ones.

Teams have had success pressuring him and the offensive line has given up 23 sacks, so I would guess the Huskies will try blitz a little more than they usually do. You just don't want to be isolated on one of the Rodgers brothers with too much space to cover. Every down that the Rodgers brothers don't gain anything is positive as you don't want either to get their mojo going. If they do, they can go the distance on any play. That is the key for Washington's defense: No touchdowns by the Rodgers brothers and the Huskies can win the game.

An interesting stat is that Oregon State has only lost one fumble on the season. That seems pretty incredible but they simply recover their own. Interestingly, they have also only recovered three fumbles themselves (Washington has 11 recoveries).

This is a big task for the Husky defense but it is likewise a great opportunity to go on the road again and finally win one. They have been so close against every one on the road with the possible exception of Stanford and this Beaver team simply tore Stanford apart. Yikes!


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