Jacquizz Rodgers (born February 6, 1990) is an American football running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 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 during 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, he rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, blocked an extra point, 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. He finished his senior season with 2,890 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns, as well as 556 yards receiving and five touchdowns. His postseason 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 high school career. He set the Texas state record for total touchdowns with 135 touchdowns in four years as a varsity player.
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. Rodgers started out the season second on the depth chart but quickly took over as the starter. Most notably his best game in his young college football career came in a 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. At the end of the season he was unable to play in the Civil War against 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 one passing and one receiving. He finished the season with over 1,400 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving. After a 38-28 victory over Stanford, he recorded 271 total yards and four touchdowns, he was named Rivals.com Player of the Week and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week. In the 2009 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas, he was thrown a backwards lateral, which resulted in the first fumble of his collegiate career. The Beavers lost that game to BYU.
College awards and honors
- Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year (2010)
- 3× First Team All-Pac-10 (2008-2010)
- AP First Team All-American (2010)
- 2× AP Third Team All-American (2008-2009)
- Third all-time in total rushing yards in Beaver football history (3877 yards)
On January 10, 2011, Rodgers announced that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. He was originally listed as the number five running back prospect entering the draft by NFL Network's draft specialist, Mike Mayock.
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Rodgers was drafted in the fifth round (145th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He was signed by the Falcons on July 28, 2011. He 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.
In the 2013 season, Rodgers had a career-high 96 rushing attempts for 332 yards as well as total touchdowns with four (two rushing and two receiving).
On March 31, 2015, the Chicago Bears signed Rodgers to a one-year contract. On October 12, 2015, Rodgers was placed on injured reserve after breaking his arm in the Bears' victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
On March 9, 2016, Rodgers re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On September 13, 2016, Rodgers signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On October 10, Rodgers had a career high 30 carries for 101 yards on Monday Night Football helping the Buccaneers defeat the defending NFC champion Panthers, 17-14. Two weeks later, he rushed 26 times for a career high 154 yards in a victory over the San Fransisco 49ers. In Week 16, against the New Orleans Saints, he was named starter after Doug Martin was made a healthy scratch, rushing 15 times for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Rodgers is the nephew of former St. Louis Rams safety Michael Lewis. His older brother James Rodgers is a wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Rodgers has two daughters, Channing and Hudson.