James Rodgers Granted Hardship Year for Oregon State
The Oregon State wide receiver, who has played alongside his brother Jacquizz as the Beavers' top offensive tandem, was lost for the season with a knee injury on Oct. 9.
Rodgers holds Oregon State's single-season record for receptions with 91 in the 2009 season. He is also the school's career leader in all-purpose yardage at 5,784 yards.
He was a preseason All-American in the fall before his injury.
Rodgers qualified for a medical hardship under NCAA rules that a student-athlete is eligible if he has participated in a maximum 30 percent of the scheduled games (the NCAA rounds up the total to four games). Rodgers played in four games last year, missing one other with a concussion.
"We always believed that James met the requirements to gain a fifth year," Beavers head coach Mike Riley said. "But it is certainly nice to make everything official. James is a special person and a special player. I'm excited to get to work with him for another year."
There's no guarantee the Rodgers brothers will be on the field together in Corvallis next fall. Jacquizz has hinted on Twitter posts that he might be considering leaving a year early for the NFL.