As the 2007 season came to a close, coaches around the Pac-10 knew Oregon State's bread and butter, the "fly-sweep".
A new explosive play emerged during last season as head coach, Mike Riley, looked for a way to utilize true freshman, James Rodgers.
Rodgers was an electrifying talent with speed, heart, and deceptive strength for a freshman listed at 5'8", 185lbs.
James Rodgers, a receiver, tore up opposing defenses running through linebackers and making safeties miss. He gained almost 600 yards on the ground with only 50 touches.
He averaged 11.7 yards per carry through the season and made the final touchdown in a double overtime win over Oregon in the Civil War.
Now that summer's end approaches its time to talk college football once again, and what everyone in Corvallis is looking forward to is the arrival of James' brother Jacquizz Rodgers.
Jacquizz is going to be in the Beaver's backfield and at 195 lbs. he has a little more size than his older brother giving him the opportunity to get more touches per game than James got last year.
Jacquizz rushed for 2,902 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior at Lamar Consolidated and ended his High School career with 136 touchdowns.
It is inevitable that we will see both of them on the field at the same time come September. Jacquiz will probably be second on the depth chart behind fellow freshman, Ryan McCants. McCants is more of a powerful downhill runner reminiscent of the great Steven Jackson.
With sophomore James and freshman Jacquizz in the backfield it is safe to say that the Beavers' run game will be jaw-dropping for years to come. They are out to prove to everyone that size doesn't matter.