James Rodgers continues recent Beaver tradition at "Receiver U"
The modern Beaver era began in the late 1990's, when Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson brought the program back to respectability. Just like Ohio State, USC, Florida State and others, Oregon State has consistently produced elite wide receivers on the national level. As a senior in 2010, James Rodgers looks to build upon his legacy and continue the recent Beaver tradition as "Receiver U."
After transferring to Oregon State from junior college, the 6" 1', 192 pound Florida native made the most of his time in Corvallis. In 2000, Ochocino (formally Chad Johnson) caught 33 balls for 713 yards with six touchdowns and an impressive 21.6 yard average. Selected in the 2nd round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, Ochocino has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times. His NFL statistics include 684 receptions for 9,952 yards and 62 touchdowns.
Like Ochocinco, Houshmanzadeh was recruited by Dennis Erickson to play for the Beavers out of junior college. In 2000, he helped lead Oregon State to an 11-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl route of Notre Dame. He finished the season with 42 receptions for 656 yards. Selected in the seventh round by Cincinnati in 2001, he has gone on to catch 586 passes for 6693 yards and 40 touchdowns during his NFL career.
From 2002 until 2005, Hass recorded 220 receptions for 3924 yards. The primary target for Derek Anderson and Matt Moore during his time in Corvallis the 6' 1" inch, 209 pound Oregon native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft by New Orleans. During his senior year, Hass was awarded the Fred Biletnikof award after catching 90 balls for 1552 yards and six touchdowns.
The seventh round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2009, Stroughter electrified the Pac-10 from 2005 until 2008. In 2006 he caught 74 passes for 1,293 yards and five touchdowns. After an injury plagued 2007, he rebounded with 70 receptions for 1,040 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. As an NFL rookie he caught 31 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown.
The 5' 7" 185 pound Texas often goes overlooked due to his younger brother Jacquizz. A proven conference star, Rodgers has totaled over 5000 all-purpose yards in three seasons with the Beavers. In 2009 he caught 91 passes for 1034 yards and nine touchdowns giving him over 1849 career collegiate yards receiving.
The 6' 1", 208 pound Newsom often goes overlooked in regards to the most productive Beaver receivers in recent history. In 2002, he caught 74 passes for 1284 yards and 12 touchdowns only to follow it up with 71 receptions and 1202 yards in 2003. Newsom never landed as a professional, but will always be considered one of the most consistent receivers to play in Corvallis.
An integral part of the resurgence of Beaver football, Prescott played in Corvallis from 1997 until the Fiesta Bowl season of 2000. Teaming with Ochocinco and Houshmanzadeh, he caught 26 receptions for 602 yards and four touchdowns in 2000. He finished his Beaver career with 110 receptions for 1788 yards.
Playing along side Rodgers in 2009, the 6' 3" 213 pound senior caught an above average 57 passes for 807 yards and five touchdowns. Adeniji was originally signed as undrafted free agent in 2010 by Tampa Bay, only to be released and signed by the Oakland Raiders.