Rodgers paves his own way

A player with a familiar last name helped lead Butte to a national championship last season, but QB Jordan Rodgers (6-2, 210) doesn't want everyone to think he's just like his brother Aaron. The talented signal-caller has the reigns of the Road Runner attack this year and he's been hard at work establishing himself as a leader of what is likely to be a rebuilt passing attack this fall...

Rodgers, like his older sibling, prepped at Pleasant Valley High School, but unlike Aaron, he didn't possess a lot of size.

"I think I was 5-11 and like 170 pounds when I was in high school," Rodgers said with a chuckle recently. "I just didn't get a lot of recruiting interest and Aaron had success here, so it just seemed like the right situation for me.

"The coaches here are great, they have a lot of talented players to work with and they always do a good job of getting their players moved on to the next level."

In 2008, as a freshman, Rodgers had to split time with sophomore Ryan Ratekin, but he still managed to complete 53% of his passes for 819 yards, 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

"They used me a lot during the season," Rodgers said. "My speed (4.65) makes me more mobile so I can move around and keep plays alive, but this year I think we will have some option in there just to keep teams honest and throw a little something different at them.

"In the championship game against Mt. San Antonio, that's what we did and it threw them off a little bit, so we won't use me as a runner a lot, but at times we will."

Last year's top three receivers, Josh Bellamy, Justin Hilton and Matt Carter all have moved on so Rodgers will be working with some new receivers this fall, but he says he's not worried one bit.

"I think we are bringing a lot of receivers this fall, so we should be just fine," Rodgers said. "We had some young guys who are solid players who I think will be pretty good. We always have really good athletes and players, so it's just going to be about getting them ready to go and a lot of that falls on me as the quarterback."

Recruiting has yet to hit its stride for Rodgers, but he said a couple of schools have shown some interest.

"Kansas was the main school showing me interest," Rodgers said. "A couple of other ones were out at camp this spring, but I'm not real sure how interested they are.

"I'm accurate, I make good decisions and I think I'm really good at reading defenses. I'm working to get better in all areas, but I think schools will see what I can do this fall and we'll see what happens after that."

Rodgers was a full-qualifier out of high school and currently carries a 3.8 GPA so he plans to sign in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from this talented signal-caller over the next five months and update things as they happen.

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