THE FINAL ENTER of our All-Decade team, completing a series of 27 articles in 29 days. This standout…
NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit OSUBeavers.com.
|Lettered at OSU: 2007-current|
|High school: Lamar Cons HS | Rosenberg, TX|
2008 first team All-Pac-10 kick returner
What others say: Oregon State coach Mike Riley - "Leading receiver in the conference by a lot, leading all-purpose player by a lot, runs our fly sweep for almost 300 yards, returns punts and kickoffs. We're getting about four players in one person."
Career synopsis: The great kickoff returners get the ball and head straight up the field and that's exactly what James Rodgers does.
The 5-foot-6 dynamo doesn't dance around and he doesn't shy away from hits. He explodes through the hole and punishes any player that is in his way.
With one more year to go Rodgers has 1,780 career kickoff return yards which is 380 yards less than Ray Taroli who holds the career kickoff return yards record.
Career statistics: 74 returns for 1,780 yards (24.0 ypr), one touchdown
Runner up: Gerard Lawson (2004-07) - Another north-south runner with good speed Lawson averaged 23.1 yards every time he returned a kickoff. His 100-yard sprint against Hawaii in 2006 tied the school record for the longest return in school history.