Welcome home James Rodgers! After an NFL and CFL career James returns to Corvallis as the Director of Player Development. The same job he held at Nebraska when Mike Riley was the coach in Lincoln. James is an excellent recruiter so there is no doubt he will help the Beavers in that category. Plus he is one of the great running backs to ever wear Orange and Black! Above...a compilation of his standout performances as a player and below the official release provided by Steve Fenk the Sports Information Director at Oregon State.
His 222 career receptions rank third all-time at Oregon State, while his 2,578 receiving yards finds him in sixth among a list of Beaver greats. He found the end zone 19 times through the air, and scored nine on the ground while rushing for 1,410 yards.
James Rodgers played at Oregon State from 2007-11, helping the Beavers to three bowl games. On Tuesday, he was appointed to Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith’s staff as the program’s director of player development.
“James Rodgers made an incredible impact on and off the field during his playing career at Oregon State,” Smith said. “I’m excited to have him make a great impression on OSU’s student-athletes as a member of our staff. He’s a terrific addition to the program and I know Beaver Nation will be happy to see him wearing the Orange and Black again.”
Rodgers is one of the most heralded Beavers in the history of the program who went on to play in the NFL and CFL. He played five seasons at OSU (2007-11), receiving a medical redshirt year in 2010. The Richmond, Texas native left OSU as the then all-time leader for receptions with 222 and remains the Beavers’ career leader for all-purpose yards with 6,373. He was twice selected Pac-10 First Team, once as a receiver and once as a punt returner.
During Rodgers’ career he played in three bowl games and was credited with the emergence of the popular “fly-sweep” which led to the team’s 2007 double-overtime victory at Autzen Stadium against Oregon. He was on the Atlanta Falcons’ roster for two years and with Montreal in the CFL for another two seasons. He arrives at OSU after serving as Nebraska’s director of player development for the last year.