Kenny Lawler has had a tremendous turnaround during spring ball.
Golden Bears need to win last three regular-season games to be bowl eligible
Richard Rodgers following in his father's footsteps at Cal
The Play is remembered as one of the most spectacular plays in the history of sports
The Golden Bears take on UCLA Saturday night
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CAL CAREER (Career Stats): Changed to No. 11 beginning with 2012 spring workouts after being No. 82 in his first season with the program in 2011.
2012 (Game-By-Game Stats): A candidate for the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation's top tight end ... listed as the team's starting tight end on the post-spring depth chart ... 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 is 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 and did just about everything else for his 12-1 senior squad that won the state's Division IA conference with a 5-0 league mark, adding seven rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown, completing two-of-three passes for 89 yards, punting 18 times for a 37.2 average, and even returning both punts (7-73) and kicks (4-91) ... had a solid 2009 junior season when he was named the Defensive MVP of his conference with 42 tackles, 3.0 sacks and four interceptions including one that he returned 75 yards for a touchdown, while contributing 49 receptions for 800 yards and 20 TD catches on offense ... again 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 ... ESPN said "Richard is another good tight end prospect from the state of Massachusetts. He played on both sides of the ball in high school, but we feel he will best on offense in college."
PERSONAL: 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 (making the final of five laterals), went on to play in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League, spent six seasons coaching at Holy Cross, and is now an assistant special teams coach with the Carolina Panthers ... major is undeclared.
CAREER GAME HIGHS
Kick Returns: 1 (at Arizona State, 2011)
Kick Return Yards: 5 (at Arizona State, 2011)
Long Kick Return: 5 (at Arizona State, 2011)
Blocked Kicks: 1 (vs. Presbyterian, 2011)
LAST UPDATED: September 13, 2012