Jacquizz Rodgers Semifinalist for Player of the Year

Nov. 4, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. -


Oregon State University football student-athlete Jacquizz Rodgers has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the 73rd Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation’s best college football player.


The sophomore running back from Richmond, Texas is second in the nation for touchdowns scored with 15 and is on OSU record pace for points in one season. He currently has 90 points, 42 short of Steven Jackson’s total of 132 in 2003. 


The 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year (first freshman ever) is already sixth at OSU for career rushing yards with 2,175 in just 19 games.  He has been named Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Week four times during his brief OSU stint, including after a career-high 189-yard four-touchdown performance against Stanford earlier this season.


Rodgers could be the second Beaver to ever earn the honor, joining 1962 award recipient and Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker.  The last Pac-10 player to win the Maxwell was USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981. 


The recipient of the 73rd Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show Dec 10, 2009.  The formal presentation will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner, Fri., March 5, 2010 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


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