All systems are 'Go' for James Rodgers

JAMES RODGERS WILL take the field for the first time in nearly a year when he suits up for Oregon State against UCLA (12:30 pm, Prime Ticket/FCS) this weekend.

James Rodgers underwent two knee surgeries after suffering the year-ending knee injury while scoring a touchdown in OSU's upset victory at then No. 9 Arizona 29-27 on Oct. 9, 2010. He was granted a fifth year of eligibility as he was eligible per NCAA rules for a medical hardship.

There was some talk about how if he was sidelined much longer, Rodgers may try to get a sixth year and come back in 2012 instead. That's no longer in the thinking around Corvallis, and Rodgers will have 10 games this season to make his mark as a senior.

The Richmond, Texas native is a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection as a receiver and returner, and has also earned third team All-America honors. He is fourth at OSU for career receiving yards with 2,064 and third for receptions with 177. He holds the school record for all-purpose yards with 5,784, which currently ranks fourth among active FBS players.

Approximately 500 tickets remain for Saturday's game and are available by calling 1-800-Go-BEAVS, by visiting the OSU Ticket Office during normal business hours or online at osubeavers.com.

Kickoff is set for 12:38 p.m. in a game that is being televised nationally by Prime Ticket and Fox College Sports, and is also available on Beaver Nation Online via osubeavers.com except in the state of California.