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Mike Riley 'encouraged' by Rodgers' progress

Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:15 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 4:16 pm

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are a lot of questions about Oregon State heading into 2011, but perhaps none asked more than what the status for wide receiver/returner James Rodgers is. Rodgers tore ligaments in his left knee during an Oregon State win over Arizona on October 9th when he was pulled down from behind after scoring a touchdown. He's had two surgeries on the knee since, and his status for 2011 has been up in the air.

However, in a recent talk with The Portland Tribune's Kerry Eggers, Oregon State head coach Mike Riley did give Beaver fans a reason to be somewhat optimistic. While Riley himself isn't sure what Rodgers' availability will be this year, he is encouraged by what he's seen lately.

“James is on a treadmill, jogging, walking without a limp," Riley told Eggers. "He can jog out on the field. I’m encouraged, although conservatively. I don’t want to put any unreasonable or unknowledgeable expectations. The doctor thinks he’ll be ready to play football this season. He thought James might be a little late getting into camp, but he didn’t put any more restrictions on it than that.” 

If the doctors feel that Rodgers should be able to play this season, that's always a good sign. Though it should be noticed that Riley did not go into detail as to when this season Rodgers would be ready. All we can speculate with a fair amount of certainty at this point is that Rodgers won't be able to participate in camps before the season. 


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 3:48 am

Mike Riley 'encouraged' by Rodgers' progress

Oregon State beat USC the last three times they've been to Corvallis--and barely lost in the previous visit due to a very impressive if not slightly unbelievable punt return by Reggie Bush.

The school has moved on.  OSU fans don't talk about the Rodgers' brothers much because Jaquizz is gone and James may never be back to 100%.  That doesn't mean OSU fans don't care if their star player heals from a surgery.  Also, an article written about OSU's all-purpose yards leader returning doesn't mean the "school needs to move on".

If you think OSU "got progressively worse to the point of being one of the worst teams in the conference now" you must be very young.  OSU is perenially predicted in the bottom half of the Pac-10 and outperforms virtually every year.  #1 target goes down for 1st-year QB and O-line underperforms and any team is going to have a mediocre year.

Speaking of "golden boys turning their back"'s Leinart doing in the NFL?  How about LenDale White?  ...and how's the post-season ban for paying your recruits treating you all?

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 10:20 am

Mike Riley 'encouraged' by Rodgers' progress

This school needs to move on from James and his brother even though he finally left.  I remember when the beat USC they talked about it all year and they never stopped.  Then the team got progressively worse to the point of being one of the worst teams in the conference now.  Then one of the two golden boys turned his back on them to be a bottom half draft pick.

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