Back in December it was announced that an OSU legend was returning to Corvallis when Jonathan Smith was hired as head coach. The subsequent hires of Jake Cookus and Trent Bray left Beaver fans reminiscing of the teams of yesteryear. Well, let’s add one more to the list.
James Rodgers, of fly sweep fame, is coming back to Corvallis as the Director of Player Development, a position he held for Mike Riley last year. The older of the brothers Rodgers burst on to the scene as a true freshman in 2007, using his small stature and speed to leave defenders befuddled as he ran past them. Rodgers may be known best for the fly sweep he perfected in his time in Corvallis, but he was also a prolific wide receiver, returner and great ambassador of the University. The elder Rodgers is the current OSU record holder for all-purpose yards with 6,373.
“James Rodgers made an incredible impact on and off the field during his playing career at Oregon State,” OSU head coach Jonathan Smith said. “I’m excited to have him make a great impression on OSU’s student-athletes as a member of our staff. He’s a terrific addition to the program and I know Beaver Nation will be happy to see him wearing the Orange and Black again.”
While Rodgers was key player his entire career, and especially effective in the 2008 upset of then #1 ranked USC, most Beav fans will remember him for this play during his freshman campaign.
Welcome back James! Beaver Nation has missed you.