James Rodgers helped lead the Oregon State football team to three bowl games during his time in Corvallis as a player.
Now he hopes to help the Beavers get back to a bowl game as a member of new coach Jonathan Smith's staff.
On Tuesday, Rodgers was appointed the program’s director of player development.
During his playing career (2007-11), Rodgers had 222 career receptions, which ranks third all-time at Oregon State. His 2,578 receiving yards put him in sixth among a list of Beavers greats and scored 19 times through the air, and had nine more touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 1,410 yards.
“James Rodgers made an incredible impact on and off the field during his playing career at Oregon State,” Smith said in a release from the school. “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.”
Rodgers, one of the most heralded Beavers in the history of the program, went on to play in the NFL and CFL. The Richmond, Texas, native left OSU as the then all-time leader for receptions and remains the Beavers’ career leader for all-purpose yards with 6,373. He was twice selected to the Pac-10's first team, once as a receiver and once as a punt returner.
During Rodgers’ career, he played in three bowl games and was credited with the emergence of the popular “fly-sweep” which led to the team’s 2007 double-overtime victory at Autzen Stadium against Oregon.
He was on the Atlanta Falcons’ roster for two years and with Montreal in the CFL for another two seasons. He arrives at OSU after serving as Nebraska’s director of player development for the last year.