Preseason Honors Continue for Beaver Football
June 3, 2010
Corvallis, Ore. -
Senior defensive tackle Stephen Paea and junior Heisman Trophy candidate running back Jacquizz Rodgers have been named preseason first team All-Americans by Athlon Sports, and senior receiver/returns James Rodgers is a third-team All-American selection. The trio continues to add to their preseason honors as the Beavers prepare for the 2010 season.
Jacquizz Rodgers was the 2008 Pac-10 Offensive MVP and was a semifinalist last year for the Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year. He enters the season with 2,693 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns on the ground, fourth among active Football Bowl Subdivision players. The 2009 All-Pac-10 selection has a total of 34 touchdowns overall.
James is a 2010 candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top receiver. The team co-captain is second in the nation among active players for all-purpose yards with 5,077 and broke the OSU record for receptions last season with 91. He was a first team All-Pac-10 selection last year.
Paea, a co-team captain, is a preseason candidate for the Lombardi Award and Lott Trophy, among others. He was the co-recipient of the Morris Trophy last season as the league's top defensive lineman and enters the year with 84 career tackles. The frequently double-teamed Paea is one of the strongest players in the history of the program.
In addition, Athlon's named former Beavers Steven Jackson, Mike Hass and Andy Levitre to its Pac-10 All-Decade Team. Jackson, an All-Pro running back with the St. Louis Rams, earned All-American honors in 2002 and 2003. Hass was the 2005 Biletnikoff Award recipient and garnered All-American honors in 2004 and '05. Levitre, a member of the NFL's All-Rookie Team last season with the Buffalo Bills, earned All-American honors in 2008 as an offensive tackle.
Athlon's picked eight Beavers for its preseason All-Pac-10 Team, including James and Jacquizz Rodgers, Paea and offensive lineman Michael Philipp on the first team. Tight end Joe Halahuni, cornerback James Dockery, safety Lance Mitchell and kicker Justin Kahut were named to the second team.
Oregon State begins practicing for the 2010 season Aug. 9 and opens the year Sat., Sept. 4 vs. the TCU Horned Frogs at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN at 4:45 p.m. PDT.
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