CAL CAREER (Career Stats): Has played in 24 games with six starts during his first two seasons from 2011-12, contributing 20 catches for 288 yards and one touchdown as well as one tackle and one blocked kick … ranks second among active players in receiving yards, tied for second in touchdown receptions and third in total catches … all of his stats other than the blocked kick came in 2012 … one of only two active players with a blocked kick … had the longest catch of his career with a 51-yard reception at Utah in 2012 ... changed to his current uniform No. 11 beginning with 2012 spring workouts after being No. 82 in his first season with the program in 2011.
2013: 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 spring practices due to injury … listed as one of two players sharing the starting spot at the ‘Y’ wide receiver position on the preseason depth chart.
2012 (Game-By-Game Stats): Played in 11 games including the first six starts of his career, recording 20 receptions for 288 yards receiving and 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 … had his biggest game to help lead Cal to a victory over South Division champion UCLA when he exploded for career highs of seven receptions and a team-high 129 yards receiving with one catch going for 50 yards and another for 42 … caught three balls for 76 yards and his first touchdown on a seven-yard reception at Utah, with one of his catches going for a career-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 games with three receptions for 15 yards at Oregon State and two grabs for 14 yards vs. Arizona State … had the first catch of his career vs. Southern Utah (14 yards) and added single receptions in contests vs. Washington (23 yards), at Washington State (seven yards), vs. Oregon (six yards) and vs. Stanford (four yards) … also recorded the first tackle of his career in the season opener vs. 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.
2011 (Game-By-Game Stats): One of only three true freshman 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: Garnered four and a half stars from Tom Lemming, while being given three by ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... listed as the No. 9 "athlete" nationally according to Lemming and the No. 168 player overall ... Prepstar All-American as a 2010 senior ... 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) ... 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 ... led all Massachusetts Division C-1 players in receiving, sacks and scoring as a senior, while also ranking No. 10 in tackles ... made 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 ESPNBoston.com ... 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 for his 12-1 squad that won the state's Division IA conference with a 5-0 league mark … also contributed as a senior with seven rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, two-of-three passing for 89 yards, a 37.2 punting average, seven punt returns for 73 yards and four kick returns for 91 yards ... had 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 ... was 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.
OTHER: 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 with 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 … intended major is American studies.
RODGERS’ CAREER GAME HIGHS
Receptions: 7 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Receiving Yards: 129 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Receiving TDs: 1 (at Utah, 2012)
Long Reception: 51 (at Utah, 2012)
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: 1 (Nevada, 2012)
Points: 6 (at Utah, 2012)
LAST UPDATED: July 30, 2013