03/29/2013 - 2013 Vanderbilt Pro Day: Aaron Rodgers' younger brother sets sights on NFL...Representatives from 22 NFL teams - including a large contingent representing the Tennessee Titans - gathered at a joint pro day for Tennessee State and Vanderbilt held on March 22, where 12 Tennessee State players worked out in the morning and nine Vanderbilt players worked out in the afternoon. The pro day was held at Tennessee State since Vanderbilt does not have an indoor practice facility.
Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt QB (6-1 1/4, 212) - Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was only able to throw the ball at the pro day due to a left groin injury. He threw it pretty good, too, and has a chance to be signed as a rookie free agent to be a training camp arm (by the Packers, perhaps?). In 2012, Rodgers threw for 2,539 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Commodores. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/03/2013 - The Packers' road schedule occasionally prevented Rodgers from watching every one of Jordan's games, but he saw most of them and made it a point to talk with his younger brother on the phone as much as possible afterward.
"I'm really proud of him," Rodgers said. "He's worked his butt off going to junior college, red-shirting, getting through shoulder surgery, keeping his head up and staying focused. Doing really good in school, he's graduating with a great degree from Vanderbilt, and hopefully moving on and pursuing his dream of being a professional quarterback."
Like Rodgers' senior year at California, their parents, Ed and Darla, traveled to each one of Jordan's games his senior year. He finished his college career with 4,063 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions and is already turning his attention to preparing for April's NFL Draft.
"I think so, I really do," said Rodgers on if Jordan could play in the NFL. "He has a pretty good pedigree. He has a great work ethic and he's got some time now to get ready for hopefully the combine, if not a pro day, and he's going to get right to his workouts. "It's a tough stretch, but he's a beast in the weight room and if he gets a chance to go to the combine he's going to run a really good time and throw well, and I think a team will want to take a chance on him." - Weston Hodkiewicz, Green Bay Press Gazette
12/31/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jordan Rodgers' up-and-down ways last season had a lot to do with whether VU won or lost a season ago. Rodgers was pulled from last season's bowl loss against Cincinnati for poor play and hit just 50 percent of his passes, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many passers more consistent than Rodgers this season. He hit 59.5 percent of his passes and cut his interception rate by nearly two-thirds (1.7 percent in 2012) while averaging 8.3 yards per attempt.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "When I got here three years ago, I thought it would be great to have the opportunity to play in the SEC, maybe to compete against some of the best. But I never thought that we'd be one of the best, and we're going to be one of the best." QB Jordan Rodgers, who transferred to Vandy from a JUCO and redshirted a year before taking over as the starter a season ago - The Sports Xchange
12/31/2012 - Vanderbilt didn't move the ball much, but used a 5-0 advantage in turnovers as well as some timely offensive plays, as the hometown Commodores beat N.C. State, 38-24, on New Year's Eve in the Music City Bowl. The Commodores managed just 225 yards of total offense, but took advantage of great field position to turn three of those five turnovers into 17 points. Three came on interceptions off Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon.
VU senior quarterback Jordan Rodgers also came up big when it mattered, throwing touchdowns to Chris Boyd and Jordan Matthews and also adding a rushing score of his own. Rodgers' rushing touchdown came with 5:11 remaining, and gave the Commodores an insurmountable 38-17 lead at the time. The victory gave the Commodores (9-4) their first bowl win since the 2008 Music City Bowl, and their first nine-win season since 1915. Most of the action came in the first half. The Wolfpack (7-6) outgained VU 187-151 in offensive yards at the break, but trailed 28-14 mostly because of four turnovers. - The Sports Xchange
11/17/2012 - Andre Hal intercepted two passes and Jordan Rodgers threw for two touchdowns as Vanderbilt routed Tennessee 41-18 Saturday night for the Commodores' fifth straight victory, clinching their first winning record in the regular season since 1982. The Commodores (7-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) also snapped a 14-game skid against Tennessee at home with their first win in Nashville since 1982. In-state rival Tennessee now has won 34 of the last 36 games overall in this series.
Vanderbilt also had its biggest margin of victory over Tennessee since a 26-0 win in 1954 in a game the Commodores were held to a pair of field goals by Carey Spear after having first-and-goal at the Volunteers' 5 and closer. The loss puts Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's job status in even further jeopardy with the third straight losing season for the Volunteers (4-7, 0-7), their first since 1909-11. - AP Sports
11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMER: QB JORDAN RODGERS (Vanderbilt) -Led Commodores to 21 second-half points, going 21-of-36 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. - SEC football
09/11/2012 - Nothing irritates coach James Franklin more than hearing the phrase "same old Vandy," but after Saturday night's 23-13 loss at Northwestern, it's probably best if Franklin prepared himself to be quite annoyed all week. The Commodores had Northwestern on the ropes through much of the first half, dominating the stat sheet with a 232-85 edge in total yards at the half. Inside the final minute of the first half, VU was knocking on the door for more points deep in Northwestern territory, but QB Jordan Rodgers fumbled at the 11. The Wildcats took every advantage of the Commodores not putting them away, taking a lead in the fourth quarter and going ahead with a late field goal. When the Commodores got the ball back, Rodgers fumbled away Vandy's chance at a comeback in a pouring rain. Franklin is now 6-9 in his Vandy career, but in games that have gone down to the final two minutes, he's 1-7. One reason the Commodores couldn't close was poor play by their offensive line for the second straight week. Vandy would love to run second-team All-SEC RB Zac Stacy between the tackles, but there's just no room. The bunch is also having a tough time protecting Rodgers. He was sacked three times on Sunday, which makes eight for the season. - The Sports Xchange
08/30/2012 - Top five Vanderbilt prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Jordan Rodgers...Some scouts feel he is only earning any attention due to the success of his brother. There are elements to his game, however, that deserve closer inspection. Like his older brother, Jordan has quick feet and is a threat to scramble when the defense isn't paying attention. He finished second on the team a year ago with 420 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns. He also possesses very good touch and the courage to step up in the pocket and deliver passes with the defense bearing down on him. Rodgers was far from a superstar last season. He only completed 50% of his passes and threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (nine) but almost engineered upsets against Arkansas and on the road versus Florida. While these numbers fall far short of his brother's statistics in his first action at Cal (61.6% completion rate, 19 TDs-five INTs) there is enough here to keep a close eye on Rodgers' development this season as a possible late-blossoming prospect for the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/30/2012 - Top five Vanderbilt prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. QB Jordan Rodgers...Just as his famous brother Aaron Rodgers did prior to learning under Jeff Tedford at Cal, Jordan Rodgers took the JUCO route through Butte College before signing on with Vanderbilt. He led Butte to the first undefeated season in school history and the 2008 JUCO national title by throwing for 2,219 yards and 19 touchdowns during his sophomore season. Rodgers redshirted his first year at Vanderbilt due to a shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. He began the 2011 season as the backup to Larry Smith but saw time throughout the year and excited the fans when his first attempt as a Commodore resulted in a 30-yard scoring strike against Elon. Rodgers was thrust into the starting role when Smith was injured against Georgia and he wound up starting the final seven games of the season, including the Commodores loss to Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl. As with any sibling of an NFL star, Jordan will be unfairly compared to his older brother. Frankly, Jordan is shorter and possesses significantly less sizzle on his fastball than the Packers' star. He currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 18 quarterback for the 2013 draft and a borderline draftable prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/30/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: South Carolina at Vanderbilt (Thursday, Aug. 30) -- The Commodores have lost the last three games to Carolina, but the last time Vanderbilt was an underdog to Carolina on a Thursday night game came in 2008. That night, the Commodores were nine-point underdogs, but pulled a 24-17 upset on the way to a 7-6 season capped by a bowl victory. Meanwhile, the Gamecocks, ranked ninth, have their eyes on an SEC title. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Commodores got a gift of four turnovers from Carolina QB Stephen Garcia last year, and know that Connor Shaw probably won't be so loose with the ball this year. Rodgers, meanwhile, tended to throw a careless interception from time to time a season ago. Vandy must take care of the ball and hope that RB Marcus Lattimore doesn't take advantage of its thin LB corps. On offense, establishing Zac Stacy early is important, too. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jordan Rodgers -- Rodgers' big-play ability was a big reason the offense improved a year ago. His 50 percent accuracy rate was a reason it wasn't even better. - The Sports Xchange
08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt...The younger brother of reigning NFL MVP and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Jordan made a name for himself after taking over as the Commodores' starter halfway through last season. After averaging 20.4 points and 244.4 yards of offense through the first five games, Vanderbilt's output increased to 31.6 points and 413.0 yards in its final seven regular-season games with Rodgers running the show. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
07/18/2012 - Vanderbilt coach James Franklin at 2012 SEC Media Days...On the improvement of quarterback Jordan Rodgers - "I thought he did a lot of things last year, made a lot of plays with his feet. From the time the season ended till now, it's night and day. You guys have all been following the game long enough. You know the difference between a quarterback's first and second year, it's not even close. "I just see his work ethic that he's putting in. He's going to be graduating in December. He's in there watching film all the time. As we all know, he has a tremendous resource to make a phone call and ask questions." - Chip Patterson, CBS Sports