Watching Saturday’s 38-28 loss by the Oregon State football team to BYU, I wondered where was WR James Rodgers?
He was almost non-existent in the first three quarters. He ended the game with four catches for 47 yards and one rush for six yards.
“He’s doing fine,” coach Mike Riley said. “He’s making plays and running the ball well. He’s contributing, coming on and we have to get him going earlier in the game.”
Rodgers hasn’t made an impact since returning from his knee injury. Before the injury he was the go-to WR. And in some ways people thought he was depended on too much.
He has 18 catches with an average of 49 yards in his four games this season. There have been five attempts at rushing the ball with a 7.0-yard average.
Now he’s not used enough.
“He was open early,” Riley said. “We had a great time to take a chance early, but protection killed us.”
QB Sean Mannion hasn’t had the time to find him, and has been dumping the ball to the RB.
Riley, however, plan to try and get Rodgers the ball more in the coming games.