James Rodgers continues recent Beavers tradition as “Receiver U”

The modern Beaver era began in the late 1990’s when Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson brought the program back to respectability.  Just like Ohio State, USC, Florida State and others, Oregon State has consistently produced elite wide receivers on the national level.  As a senior in 2010, James Rodgers will look to build upon his legacy and continue the recent Beaver tradition as “Receiver U.”

Chad Ochocinco

After transferring to Oregon State from junior college, the 6-1′, 192 pound Florida native made the most of his time in Corvallis.  In 2000, Ochocino (formally Chad Johnson) caught 33 balls for 713 yards with 6 touchdowns and an impressive 21.6 yard average.  Selected in the 2nd round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001, Ochocino has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times.  His NFL statistics include 684 receptions for 9,952 yards and 62 touchdowns.

T.J. Houshmanzadeh

Like Ochocinco, Houshmanzadeh was recruited by Dennis Erickson to play for the Beavers out of junior college.  In 2000, he helped lead Oregon State to an 11-1 record and Fiesta Bowl route of Notre Dame with 42 receptions and 656 yards.   Selected in the seventh round by Cincannati in 2001, he has gone on to catch 586 receptions for 6,693 yards and 40 touchdowns during his NFL career.

Mike Hass

From 2002 until 2005, Hass recorded 220 receptions for 3,924 yards. The primary target for Derek Anderson and Matt Moore during his time in Corvallis, the 6-1′ 209 pound Oregon native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL draft by New Orleans.  During his senior year, Hass won the Fred Biletnikof award after catching 90 balls for 1,552 yards and six touchdowns.

Sammie Stroughter

The seventh round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2009, Stroughter electrified the Pac-10from 2005 until 2008.  In 2006, he caught 74 passes for 1,293 yards and five touchdowns.  After an injury plagued 2007, he rebounded with 70 receptions for 1,040 yards and 7 touchdowns as a senior.  As a rookie he caught 31 passes for 334 yards and 1 touchdown for the Buccaneers.

James Rodgers

The 5-7′, 185 pound Texas native often goes overlooked due to his younger brother.  Aproven conference star, Rodgers has totaled over 5,000 all-purpose yards in three seasons with the Beavers.  In 2009 he caught 91 passes for 1,034 yards and 9 touchdowns, giving him over 1,849 career collegiate yards receiving.

James Newsom

The 6-1′, 208 pound Newsom often goes overlooked in regards to the most productiveBeaver receivers in recent history.  In 2002 he caught 74 passes for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns only to follow up with 71 receptions and 1,202 yards in 2003.  Newsom never landed as professional but always considered a steady player in Corvallis.

Robert Prescott

An integral part of the resurgence of Beaver football, Prescott played in Corvallis from1997 until the Fiesta Bowl season of 2000. Teaming with Ochocinco and Houshmanzadeh he caught 26 receptions for 602 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2000.  He finished his Beaver career with 110 receptions for 1,788 yards.

Damola Adeniji

Playing along side Rodgers in 2009 the 6-3′ 213 pound senior caught an above average 57 passes for 807 yards and five touchdowns.  Adeniji was originally signed as undrafted free agent in 2010 by Tampa Bay only to be released and signed by the Oakland Raiders.

~ by philip d. on June 15, 2010.

2 Responses to “James Rodgers continues recent Beavers tradition as “Receiver U””

  1. I absolutely love the James Newsom vote. He is prob one of the most under appreciated Beavers of all time. Thanks.

  2. oregon state has had the most talented players in the pac 10 this decade after SC. Just look at the NFL players and all conference players. You would think they would have more than one pac ten championship this decade. Need to get the swagger and confidence back from the 2000 season.

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