Jacquizz Rodgers Homecoming: Oregon State Ready To Run Wild on TCU

Danny FlynnSenior Analyst IAugust 28, 2010

Jacquizz Rodgers
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There aren’t many 5'8" human beings that could dominate a state the size of Texas. But then again, Jacquizz Rodgers isn’t most human beings.

Most people aren’t 190 pounds of muscles. Most people aren’t capable of running like a compact freight train. Most people couldn’t win the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

Most people probably couldn’t lead the state of Texas in all-time rushing touchdowns either. But somehow, Jacquizz Rodgers pulled it off.

Rodgers stood only 5'8" and 160 pounds, but that didn’t stop him from living up to his nickname—Mr. Touchdown. Jacquizz ended up finishing his career at Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg, Texas with 136 total rushing touchdowns.

Three years later, that record still stands.

On September 4th, Jacquizz will return to the state where he holds the all time rushing TD record. He’ll return to a state that bid him farewell and sent him up north after he was crowned state champion and record holder as a senior at Lamar.

Yes, on Saturday, Jacquizz will return to play his first game in Texas as a collegiate player. The Beavers will travel down to the new Cowboys Stadium to take on TCU in an early season out of conference matchup. The stadium is in Arlington, Texas, which is a four hour drive up I-45 from Quizz’s hometown of Richmond, Texas—a suburb of Houston.

This was a moment that was supposed to happen two years ago at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, but a cracked scapula kept the then freshman running back from putting on a show. The back’s older brother, senior wide receiver James Rodgers, also missed the Sun Bowl because of a broken collarbone. This will be his first game in Texas as well.

The Beavers are thirteen point underdogs in the matchup with TCU, the No. 6 ranked team in the country. Something tells me though that the Rodgers brothers could have something to say about that.

Jacquizz is coming into this year fresh off a sophomore season in which he rushed for 21 touchdowns and over 1,400 yards. He scored in every Oregon State game except for one.

TCU’s rush defense looks formidable yet also vulnerable after the losses of defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington, both NFL Draft choices. The Horned Frogs will need strong efforts from the likes of Wayne Daniels, Tank Carder, and Cory Grant if they actually want to contain Rodgers.

When you mix tremendous motivation with tremendous skill, it usually results in a tremendous performance. Rodgers already had the skills to be the star of this game. Now he finds that extra motivation by playing back in his home state of Texas, where he has a strong history of success.