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Richard Rodgers
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Richard Rodgers 1250331
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 245
Year: Junior
Hometown: Worcester, MA
High School: St. John's HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Rodgers played in 35 of 37 possible games while starting 11 contests during three seasons at Cal from 2011-13. He finished his career with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches. Rodgers had his best campaign as a 2013 junior when he totaled career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown reception from the previous season. He had 20 catches for 288 yards as a 2012 sophomore. Rodgers was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (98th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft as Cal’s top selection.

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2013 | 2012 | 2011

After Cal
► Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (98th pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft as Cal’s top selection
► Entered the 2014 NFL Draft as an underclassman, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
► Participated at the 2014 NFL Pro Scouting Combine, ranking tied for sixth among  tight ends in the broad jump (9’8”), ninth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.47), 11th in the vertical jump (31.5”), 12th in the 40-yard dash (4.87) and 13th in the bench press with 16 repetitions of 225 pounds
► Also participated in the 2014 Cal Pro Timing Day and San Francisco 49ers Pro Day

Cal Career (2011-13)
► Played in 35 of 37 possible games with 11 starts during three seasons from 2011-13, finishing his career with 59 receptions for 896 yards receiving (15.2 ypr) and two touchdown catches, as well as seven rushes for nine yards, and one kick return for five yards to total 910 all-purpose yards
► Also added three tackles one blocked kick
► Had the longest catch of his career with a 75-yard reception vs. Portland State as a 2013 junior and had four catches of 50-plus yards in his career
► Had at least one catch in each of the final 19 games he played in and 20 of the 22 contests he participated in over his last two seasons
► Played tight end for his first two seasons from 2011-12 before moving to inside receiver for his final campaign in 2013
► Wore uniform No. 11 for his final two seasons in 2012 and 2013 after being No. 82 in his first season with the program in 2011

Junior (2013)
► Posted career highs of 39 receptions and 608 yards receiving to rank third on the team in both categories while matching his single touchdown catch from the previous season over 11 games played and five starts
► Had the team’s highest yards per reception average (15.6 ypr) among its top eight receivers and was fourth overall
► Posted two of his three career 100-yard receiving games with a season-high 125 yards on five catches against Stanford in the season finale and four catches for 100 yards against Portland State, with the longest two catches of his career also against the Vikings (75-yard TD) and the Cardinal (62 yards) that were the team’s second and third-longest catches of the season
► Registered a career-high-tying seven catches for 71 yards against Washington
► Had receptions and receiving yards in other games against Oregon State (6-68), Washington State (4-85), Northwestern (4-38), UCLA (3-34), Oregon (2-38), Arizona (2-24), Colorado (1-20) and Ohio State (1-5)
► Had at least one catch in all 11 games he played in
► Recorded at least one catch of 20 or more yards in nine of 11 games and had a team-high total of 11 receptions of 20 or more yards
► Added nine rushing yards on seven carries with all of the yards and carries other than one including a career-long five-yard run coming against UCLA for a total of 617 all-purpose yards
► Also picked up two tackles with both coming against Washington State
► Dropped 30 pounds from 275 to 245 from the previous season in his first campaign as an inside receiver after playing tight end the previous two seasons
► Ranked as the nation’s No. 26 draft eligible tight end by Phil Steele prior to the season
► Named to the preseason College Football Performance Awards Offensive Awards Watch List for the Tight End Trophy
► Missed all of spring practices due to injury

Sophomore (2012)
► Played in 11 games including the first six starts of his career, recording 20 receptions for 288 yards receiving and a career-high-tying one touchdown
► Ranked first on the team among regulars and second overall with an average of 14.4 yards per catch, while he was third in yards receiving, tied for third in touchdown catches and fourth in receptions
► Had at least one catch in each of the final eight games and nine of the 11 contests he played in overall
► Posted a career-high-tying seven receptions and a career and team-high 129 yards receiving with one catch going for 50 yards and another for 42 to help lead Cal to a victory over South Division champion UCLA
► Caught three balls for 76 yards and his first career touchdown on a seven-yard reception at Utah, with one of his catches going for a season-high 51 yards
► Named an honorable mention College Football Performance Awards Tight End Performer of the Week after his performances both vs. UCLA and at Utah
► His 51, 50 and 42-yard catches were the second, third and fifth-longest catches of the season by a Cal player
► Also had multiple catches in games versus Oregon State (3-15) and Arizona State (2-14)
► Had the first catch of his career against Southern Utah (14 yards) and added single receptions in contests against Washington (23 yards), Washington State (seven yards), Oregon (six yards) and Stanford (four yards)
► Recorded the first tackle of his career in the season opener against Nevada
► A preseason candidate for the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation’s top tight end
► Helped out with punting drills during the spring when the team was short on punters

Freshman (2011)
► One of only three true freshmen to play in all 13 games along with Mustafa Jalil and Viliami Moala, getting in all of his action off the bench
► Contributed the team’s lone blocked kick of the season when he blocked a punt vs. Presbyterian
► Had one kick return for five yards in the regular-season finale at Arizona State
► Named the nation’s No. 26 freshman tight end by Phil Steele prior to the season

St. John’s HS (Class of 2011)
► Prepstar All-American as a 2010 senior when he led all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving, scoring and sacks, while also ranking No. 10 in tackles
► Registered 65 catches for 1,064 receiving yards and hauled in 16 touchdown grabs during his final prep campaign when he was named All-State by, while also adding seven rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, 2-of-3 passing for 89 yards, a 37.2 punting average, seven punt returns for 73 yards and four kick returns for 91 yards as a senior for a 12-1 squad that won the state's Division IA Conference with a 5-0 league mark
► Also recorded 35 tackles, 8.0 sacks, one interception that he returned 35 yards, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on defense as a senior
► Posted a solid 2009 junior season when he was named the Defensive MVP of the Division IA Conference with 42 tackles, 3.0 sacks and four interceptions including one that he returned 75 yards for a touchdown, while also contributing 49 receptions for 800 yards and 20 TD catches on offense
► Prominent on special teams during his 2008 sophomore campaign, punting 16 times for a 35.2 average, while making 33 extra points and two field goals
► Also played basketball and averaged 14.5 points per game as a junior in 2009-10

Recruiting Rankings (Class of 2011)
► Garnered four and a half stars from Tom Lemming, while being given three by ESPN, Rivals and Scout as a member of the 2011 recruiting class
► Played wide receiver and defensive end as a prep but was recruited to Cal as a tight end, where he was listed among the best in the nation by Rivals (No. 24) and ESPN (No. 34)
► Listed as the No. 9 athlete nationally according to Lemming and the No. 168 player overall
► Checked in as the nation's No. 65 receiver according to Scout
► Listed as the No. 3 player overall in the state of Massachusetts by Rivals
► A SuperPrep All-Region player who was tabbed by the media outlet as the No. 6 player in the New England area
► Full name is Richard Christopher Rodgers II
► Born January 22, 1992
► Parents are Richard Sr. and Mindy Rodgers
► Father is a former Cal football player who was prominently involved in "The Play" in the 1982 Big Game (given credit for calling “The Play” and making the final of five laterals), and went on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, had collegiate coaching stops at Diablo Valley College, San Jose State, Portland State, New Mexico State and Holy Cross, picked up professional coaching experience in the NFL’s minority internship program with the Oakland Raiders and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe, and is now the special teams coordinator with the Carolina Panthers under former Cal teammate and current Panthers’ head coach Ron Rivera

Rodgers' Career Game Highs
Rushes: 6 (at UCLA, 2013)
Rushing Yards: 9 (at UCLA, 2013)
Long Rush: 5 (at UCLA, 2013)
Receptions: 7 (twice, last at Washington, 2013)
Receiving Yards: 129 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Receiving TDs: 1 (twice, last vs. Portland State, 2013)
Long Reception: 75TD (vs. Portland State, 2013)
Blocked Kicks: 1 (vs. Presbyterian, 2011)
Kick Returns: 1 (at Arizona State, 2011)
Kick Return Yards: 5 (at Arizona State, 2011)
Long Kick Return: 5 (at Arizona State, 2011)
All-Purpose Yards: 129 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Tackles: 2 (vs. Washington State, 2013)
Points: 6 (twice, last vs. Portland State, 2013)

Last Updated
August 24, 2014

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