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Jacquizz Rodgers

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Rodgers during 2009 fall camp at Oregon State
No. 35 Chicago Bears
Position: Running back / Kickoff returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-06) February 6, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Richmond, Texas
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Career information
High school: Rosenberg (TX) Lamar Consolidated
College: Oregon State
NFL draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 145
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Template:If empty statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Rushing yards: 1,116
Rushing average: 3.7
Rushing TDs: 5
Receiving yards: 1,104
Receiving average: 7.1
Receiving TDs: 5
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Jacquizz "Quizz"[1] Rodgers (born February 7, 1990) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon State, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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 a Robert Griffin III-led 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. He was named the 2008 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

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 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

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from NFL Combine.[7]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 6 in 188 lb 4.52 s 1.58 s 2.58 s 4.26 s 7.31 s 34 in 9 ft 8 in 13 reps

2011 NFL Draft

On January 10, 2011, Rodgers announced that he would enter the 2011 NFL Draft and forgo his final year of eligibility.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]

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.

Chicago Bears

On March 31, 2015 the Chicago Bears signed Rodgers to a one year contract.[11]

Awards and honors


Rodgers is the nephew of St. Louis Rams safety Michael Lewis.[12] His older brother James Rodgers is a wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes.


  1. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers NFL Football Statistics". 
  2. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  3. ^ However, Dave Campbell's Texas Football lists Rodgers as having 136 touchdowns. In either case, Rodgers holds the state record for most touchdowns.
  4. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers". Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Oregon State beats UCLA 34-6". 
  6. ^ Buker, Pauk (October 12, 2009). "This time, it's Jacquizz Rodgers who gets Pac-10 Offensive Player of Week honors". Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Christine Michael, DS #7 RB, Texas A&M". NFL Draft Scout Player Profiles. Archived from the original on August 13, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers Declares for NFL Draft". January 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, NFL Draft". CBS Sports. 
  10. ^ Ledbetter, D. Orlando (July 28, 2011). "Falcons sign Clabo, Jones and Rodgers". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ Bears ink Rodgers to one-year contract
  12. ^ "Jacquizz Rodgers". Official Site of Oregon State Athletics. Retrieved 2008-11-09. [dead link]

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