James Rodgers Returns To Oregon State Football, Will Suit Up Saturday

James Rodgers, Oregon State's leading wide receiver, has been cleared to play and will return to the field against UCLA this Saturday.

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Will James Rodgers Stay In School?

Oregon State's elder Rodgers brother is sidelined for the season, and the team at least intends to apply for a medical redshirt on his behalf:

Oregon State will submit paperwork to the Pacific-10 in January – teams must wait until the season is over – to get Rodgers a medical hardship, which would allow him to return next season and finish his career in Corvallis with his younger brother, Jacquizz. The Pac-10 generally rules on such requests in March.

So there's every likelihood that he can stay. But will he?

Rodgers made an appearance at OSU's practice yesterday, and spoke to the media regarding his future.  In not so many words, the wide receiver/return specialist says he's not made a decision as to whether he will return for another season of college ball -- a waiver would seem to be a slam dunk -- or make himself available for next April's NFL draft.

"I have a lot of time to think about that," Rodgers said. "I'll talk to coach (Mike) Riley and get his input on everything. And make my decision when the time comes."
There's also the academic finish line to consider:

Since he has never redshirted, Rodgers should meet all the requirements for a hardship waiver. However, he is on track to graduate after this term, so he would have to take additional undergraduate courses or enroll in graduate school to remain eligible.

It's not much to go on, but it's there. It's sad to think there's a possibility the Rodgers Bros. era is over for good in Corvallis, but it'd be hard to knock a kid who'd already completed his education for not sticking around. Still, for now, he's making his presence known on the field via golf cart and assisting Mike Riley with gameplanning. Get well soon, speedy.

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