Gained 33 yards on three receptions and added two carries in his professional debut vs. Chicago (9/11). Tallied 17 yards on three carries against the Eagles (9/18).
Gained 33 yards on three receptions and added two carries in his professional debut vs. Chicago (9/11). Tallied 17 yards on three carries against the Eagles (9/18). Gained seven yards on two carries while adding 19 yards on two receptions at Tampa Bay (9/25). Rushed six times for 25 yards, including a careerlong 11 yard gain, and added one reception for 10 yards at Seattle (10/2). Recorded one carry for 11 yards vs. Green Bay (10/9). Gained eight yards on one carry and added one reception for six yards vs. Carolina (10/16). Hauled in three catches for 12 yards and added five yards on one carry at Detroit (10/23). Rushed a career-high 10 times for 44 yards and added one reception for 16 yards at Indianapolis (11/6). Carried the ball seven times for 30 yards, including a long of 13 yards, and added one reception for eight yards vs. New Orleans (11/13). Recorded two yards on two carries vs. Tennessee (11/20). Gained 19 yards on three carries and added two receptions for 12 yards vs. Minnesota (11/27). Registered one catch for five yards and one carry for no gain at Houston (12/4). Gained 39 yards on two receptions, including a 31-yard touchdown catch, and added four yards on one carry at Carolina (12/11). Logged10 yards of eight carries, including a long of 12 yards, and added one reception for four yards vs. Jacksonville (12/15). Hauled in two passes for 19 yards, including a long of 11 yards, and added one carry for a loss of one yard at New Orleans (12/26). Tallied 24 yards on eight carries, including his first career rushing touchdown, and added one catch for five yards vs. Tampa Bay (1/1).
Was the focal point of the Oregon State offense since his arrival in 2008, earning touches not only in the ground game, but in the passing attack as well. Caught 151 passes in his career, shattering Pat Chaffey’s school record for receptions by a running back (124). His 4,929 all-purpose yards rank sixth in school annals behind his brother James Rodgers (5,784) and Ken Simonton (5,606). Is one of just three players in Beaver history to account for 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a career. In 36 games with the Beavers, rushed for 3,877 yards on 788 carries with 46 touchdowns. His 3,877 yards rank sixth in Pac-10 Conference history behind Charles White (6,245; 1976-79) and Marcus Allen of USC (4,810; 1978-81), Ken Simonton (5,044; 1998-01), Darrin Nelson of Stanford (4,169; 1977-81) and Napoleon Kaufman of Washington (4,106; 1991-94). Gained 186 yards with two touchdowns on 37 carries in OSU’s 27-21 upset victory over the top ranked USC Trojans in 2008, earning conference offensive player of the week honors for his performance. Was named the Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2008 after posting 1,253 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding 247 yards and one touchdown on 29 receptions. Set a school record with 21 rushing touchdowns as a junior in 2009 and rushed for a career high 1,440 yards, while adding 78 receptions for 522 yards and one touchdown.
Rodgers was a standout tailback and safety for Lamar Consolidated High School (Richmond, Tx.) where he earned the nickname “Mr. Touchdown” from his teammates after setting a Texas record for scoring with 136 touchdowns, while his 8,245 career rushing yards were the sixth-highest total in state history. Finished his career ranking second all-time in Texas high school annals with 41 100-yard rushing performances, including 21 200-yard games. As a senior, rushed for 2,902 yards and 43 touchdowns while leading his Mustangs squad to a 13-2 overall record and their first ever state title. Named the inaugural Texas Associated Press Player of the Year and the Texas Sports Writers Association 4A Offensive Player of the Year in his senior season. Also garnered several national honors, including first-team EA Sports High School All-American and 2008 Parade All-American, as well as Old Spice Red Zone and Built Ford Tough Player of the Year awards for Texas. A Richmond, TX native, family includes his mother Tasha Williams and three siblings. Has devoted time to speak about the dangers of drugs at elementary schools in the Richmond area.