Rodgers finished his career as one of the greatest receivers and all-purpose players in Oregon State history ... established a school record with 222 career receptions including an OSU record 91 catches in 2009 ... set the Oregon State career record with 6,377 all-purpose yards ... the first player in OSU history with 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards receiving and one of three (Pat Chaffey and Jacquizz Rodgers) with 1,000 & 1,000 ... a regular on the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) and Pau Hornung Award (most versatile player) Watch Lists ... came up 36 yards short of setting OSU career record for kick return yardage with 2,124 ... 19 touchdown receptions tied for third in OSU history ... 24.7 yards per kickoff return during his career ranks sixth in OSU history ... 13.7 yards per punt return during his career is the OSU record ... made at least one catch in the last 41 straight games in which he played ... owns three of OSU's top-10 single game all-purpose yards records, including No. 1 with 303 at Oregon in 2009 ... fourth at OSU for career receiving yards with 2,582 ... injured in Oct. 9, 2010 game at Arizona, suffering a left knee injury that forced him to have season-ending surgery ... had already missed the Oct. 2 game vs. Arizona State due to a concussion ... at the time of the injury he led the Pac-10 and ranked fourth in the country with 184.3 all-purpose yards per game ... was granted a fifth year of eligibility - he played four of the team's first five games and thus was eligible for the medical hardship.
Missed spring practice and was limited in fall camp of 2011 while rehabilitating ... returned to the field for the Sept. 24, 2011 game vs. UCLA (third game of the year) ... missed the 2011 Civil War due to an ankle injury.
Injured in Oct. 9 game at Arizona, suffering a left knee injury that forced him to have surgery and was lost for the remainder of the season ... missed the Oct. 2 game vs. Arizona State with a concussion suffered against Boise State ... at the time of his injury he led the Pac-10 and ranked fourth in the country with 184.3 all-purpose yards average ... co-team captain ... his 243 all-purpose yards vs. Louisville earned him the Paul Hornung Player of the Week honor ... had his first career punt return for a touchdown on a 54-yard scamper at Boise State, earning College Football Performance Awards punt returner of the week ... NationalChamps.net First Team Preseason All-American and Athlon Sports Preseason Third Team All-American ... Phil Steele's First Team Preseason All-Pac-10 ... Rivals.com ranked Rodgers the fifth-best receiver in the nation in its preseason rankings.
All-Pac-10 First Team as a wide receiver ... named first team All-Pac-10 by Phil Steele ... 91 receptions set a new school record ... became the fifth OSU player to compile a 1,000-yard receiving season and the ninth 1,000-yard season overall...set OSU single season record for all-purpose yards (2,328) ... set OSU single game record for all-purpose yards at Oregon with 303 ... named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week after his 10-catch, 114-yard 1 TD performance at Arizona State ... scored on an 87-yard pass on the season's first offensive play against Portland State - sixth-longest passing play in OSU history ... Ted Miller of ESPN.com named him the 22nd best player in the Pac-10 Conference during his offseason breakdown, but moved him to ninth in his postseason recap.
James suffered a broken collarbone in the last game against Oregon and missed the Sun Bowl ... accumulated 1,833 all-purpose yards, third-most in OSU history ... Pac-10 co-Special Teams Player of the Week after accounting for 117 yards in kickoff returns against California, including a game-tying 86-yard return in the first quarter ... rushed for a season-high 110 yards at Washington, which included TD runs of 1 and 55 yards - also had a 33-yard TD receiving ... 102 yards rushing at Arizona.
Three-year letterman as a wide receiver and free safety ... 2005 and `06 District MVP, first team all-state, first team Greater Houston Area ... 2006 basketball District MVP ... four-year letterman and starter in basketball and track.
Born December 20, 1988 in Richmond, Texas ... son of Tasha Williams ... has three siblings, including Beaver sophomore running back Jacquizz Rodgers - James in 14 months older ... several former prep teammates are playing at Division I schools ... Michael Lewis of the 49ers is an uncle ... chose OSU because of the "academic programs, the campus and the people at OSU made me feel welcome" ... very involved in campus and community service activities ... wrote a haiku for a collection of works by OSU students in the book, "Haiku for Sociologists" ... keynote speaker at the April 18, 2009 Kaleidoscope of Colleges and Cultures on the OSU campus - a program aimed primarily at underrepresented minorities and first generation students ... participated in the 2008 OSU Learning Through Excellence Spring Break program - studying Native American Issues in Rural Oregon Communities, interacting five days with the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde ... speech communication major, graduating in December.