Still Available: QB Tony Rodriguez
As a senior at Brookside Christian High School in Stockton, California, Rodriguez broke his left collarbone and that forced him to look at JUCO programs to continue his football career.
"I got injured and I missed most of my senior season," Rodriguez told JCFootball.com recently. "I started to look around and the program here was great. I really liked (now retired head coach Ed) Rush and the staff here and just felt like it was a good place for me."
As a freshman, Rodriguez carried a clipboard, seeing limited reps under center, but last year, as a sophomore, when he got the chance to start, he took advantage of the opportunity, completing 58.8% of his passes for nearly 2,400 yards with 18 touchdowns and three interceptions.
"I'm probably more of a pocket-passer," Rodriguez noted. "I can run when I need to, but I am at my best when I can drop back, read a defense and get the ball to my receivers and let them do what they do best."
From a recruiting standpoint, things have yet to take off for the talented signal-caller, but his coaches have let him know that things should pick up in the in the next six to eight weeks.
"I haven't really heard from any schools yet, but my coaches think that once schools get done with their spring practices, they will start looking to fill their holes and that might be something where some coaches will come looking for a guy like me," Rodriguez said. "All I can do is keep working hard and getting better and throwing and doing my thing and just wait to see what happens. I need to be patient and control what I can control."
Rodriguez, who is a very good student, will finish up his academic work this May and he will have three years to play two starting this fall.
JC Football Top Stories
Junior College Football Top 25 RankingsNW Mississippi (4-0) retains their top spot in the JCFootball.com Top 25 for a second week followed by Riverside (3-0). If Riverside defeats #5 Ventura (3-0) this week, then you…
JC FootballThursday at 9:45 PM
Week 3 Top Performers - Wide ReceiversHere's a look at some of the top JUCO wide receiver performances from week three of the season...
JC FootballThursday at 1:44 AM
Week 3 Top Performers - Running BacksHere's a look at some of the top JUCO running back performances from week three of the season...
JC FootballThursday at 1:28 AM
Week 3 Top Performers - LinebackersHere's a look at some of the top JUCO linebacker performances from week three of the season...
JC FootballThursday at 1:14 AM