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    IN THE PRESS

    Rodgers was Mr. Texas Football in high school before joining his brother, James, at Oregon State. He was the Pac-10 offensive player of the year in 2008. In 2009, he scored 23 total touchdowns.

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    Rodgers has posted two separate games where he posted career-highs for rushing yards. He ran for 101 yards in the win against Carolina in Week 5 and then ran for 154 yards in the win against San Francisco in Week 7.

    The former Oregon State star gained a career-high 560 yards and scored two touchdowns on 129 carries, averaging a healthy 4.3 yards a carry in 2016. Rodgers, 27, was pressed into service after injuries to starter Doug Martin and backup Charles Sims.

    “It was almost unfair because he was just running over kids,” James recalled. “Every time he touched the ball, he would score a touchdown. The same thing happened when we got to high school. … He was putting up at least 150-plus a night and scoring every time he touched the ball.”

    The same thing happened in college, too, when he rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a stunning upset over USC in 2008.

    “He’s short in stature, but he’s a muscled-up guy,” Koetter said. “He’s hard to see back there. He’s extremely hard to bring down. Really nice quickness. Really nice vision. Can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he’s got unbelievable pop in his pass protection.”

    In Rodgers’ sophomore season at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas, he rushed for 34 touchdowns and averaged 9.4 yards per carry. In his junior season, he improved with 2,592 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns.