Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 things to know about Jacquizz Rodgers

1. 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. 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 three touchdowns on 31 carries, blocked a PAT, recovered a fumble and had six tackles on defense as the Mustangs beat Robert Griffin III-led Cooper Cove, 20-14.

2. 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.

"If you remember, I don't know if you followed Jacquizz and his brother James at Oregon State, but they were prolific college players," Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.

"Unbelievable stats at Oregon State, and Jacquizz is an excellent zone runner."

3. Rodgers did not play his senior season at Oregon State, entering the NFL draft. He was a fifth-round pick in 2011 by the Falcons. At the NFL scouting combine, he was measured at 5 feet 5¾ by the NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

"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."

4. Rodgers signed with the Bears last season but broke his arm against the Chiefs on Oct. 12 and was placed on injured reserve.

5. Rodgers says he knows the offense from his playing days under Koetter in Atlanta, but some of the verbiage has changed. He said he is excited about playing more Sunday.

"We're going to go out there and make sure there's no dropoff," Rodgers said. "Don't do nothing unusual. It's football at the end of the day."

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