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Jacquizz Rodgers

Jacquizz Rodgers
File:Jacquizz Rodgers - 20090814.jpg
Rodgers during 2009 fall camp at Oregon State
No. 32     Atlanta Falcons
Running back / Kickoff returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-07) February 7, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Richmond, Texas
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)Weight: 198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school: Rosenberg (TX) Lamar Consolidated
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
Debuted in 2011 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history

Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

  • 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year
  • AP First Team All-American (2010)
  • AP Third Team All-American (2008, 2009)
  • First Team All-Pac-10 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2013

Jacquizz "Quizz"[1] Rodgers (born February 7, 1990) is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers played for the Oregon State Beavers. During his freshman year, Rodgers was named the 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Rodgers was selected as the 145th pick in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

High school career

Rodgers broke out big in his sophomore season at Lamar Consolidated High School with 2,278 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns averaging 9.4 yards per carry. In his junior season, he improved with 2,592 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. As a senior, Rodgers led the Mustangs to the 2007 4A Division 1 State Football Championship. In the title game, Rodgers rushed for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns on 31 carries, blocked a PAT, recovered a fumble, and had six tackles on defense as the Mustangs won the state title over Copperas Cove, 20-14. Rodgers finished his senior season with 2,890 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, as well as 556 yards receiving and 5 touchdowns. Post season honors following his senior season included being named the 4A Region III Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-conference running back and defensive back, second team all-conference receiver, second team all-state defensive back, and fourth team all-state running back. He was also named the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Year in Class 4A.

In total, Rodgers amassed 8,246 rushing yards in his stellar high school career. He set the Texas state record for total touchdowns with 135 touchdowns in four years as a varsity player.[2][3]

College career

Rodgers, who received offers from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Oregon, USC, Houston, Baylor, and Tennessee decided to join his older brother James and enroll at Oregon State.[4] Rodgers started out the season second on the depth chart but quickly took over as the starter. Most notably his greatest game in his young college football career came in a stunning upset of the then #1 ranked team in the country, the USC Trojans, when he had 36 carries for 186 yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers broke the Pac-10 freshman rushing record during Oregon State's 34-6 victory over UCLA on November 8, 2008.[5] At the end of the season he was unable to play in the Civil War against archrival Oregon due to injury and was beat out by California's Jahvid Best as the 2008 Pac-10 Rushing Leader. He also missed the 2008 Sun Bowl. Rodgers finished the season with 1,253 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

In 2009, Rodgers scored 23 total touchdowns, including 1 passing and 1 receiving. He finished the season with over 1,400 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. After a 38-28 victory over Stanford, Rodgers recorded 271 total yards and 4 touchdowns, Rodgers was named Rivals.com Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week.[6] In the 2009 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, Rodgers was thrown a backwards lateral, which resulted in the first fumble of his collegiate career. The Beavers lost that game to the BYU Cougars in disappointing fashion.

College Stats

Year Team Att Yards Average TDs Receptions Yards TDs
2008 Oregon State 259 1,253 4.8 11 29 247 1
2009 Oregon State 273 1,440 5.3 21 78 522 1
2010 Oregon State 256 1,184 4.6 14 44 287 3
College Totals 788 3,877 4.9 46 151 1,056 5

Professional career

2011 NFL Combine

2011 NFL Draft

On January 10, 2011, Rodgers announced that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility.[7] Rodgers was originally listed as the number five running back prospect entering the draft by NFL Network's draft specialist, Mike Mayock. He measured in slightly taller at 5 feet 6 and 3/4 inches.[8]

Atlanta Falcons

Rodgers was drafted with the 145th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He was signed by the Falcons on July 28.[9]

Rodgers scored his first touchdown on a reception in 2011 against the Carolina Panthers. In week 17, Rodgers scored his first career rushing touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Awards and honors

  • Named Rivals.com Player of the Week (vs. Stanford)
  • Named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the week of October 10, 2009[10]
  • 2008 First Team All-Pac-10
  • 2009 First Team All-Pac-10
  • 2010 First Team All-Pac-10
  • 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2008 AP Third Team All-American
  • 2009 AP Third Team All-American
  • 2010 AP First Team All-American

Personal

Rodgers is the nephew of St. Louis Rams safety Michael Lewis.[11] His older brother James Rodgers is a wide receiver on the Falcons practice squad.

References

External links

  • OSU profile
  • Atlanta Falcons bio
  • Twitter

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