Louisville’s defense will face one of its toughest tests of the season on Saturday, as they try to contain the Rodgers brothers of Oregon State.
Richmond, Texas natives James and Jacquizz Rodgers were not highly recruited out of high school, but have been the best thing that happened to the Oregon State Football program in a long time.
James, a 5’7 188 lb. senior wide receiver is the older of the two. In three years at wide receiver James, has 160 career receptions for roughly 1,900 yards. James is an elite level receiver, but is even more dangerous as a kick returner. In 2008, he was named the Pac-10 special teams P.O.Y.
Jacquizz, a 5’7 190 lb. junior running back, is the better talent of the two. In two years, Jacquizz has ran for 2,700 yards and 32 touchdowns. Numerous media outlets listed Jacquizz as a pre-season Heisman candidate and pre-season Pac-10 P.O.Y.
We all saw what Kentucky’s Randall Cobb and Derrick Locke did to the Cardinal defense in week one, and the Rodgers brothers are just as fast, if not faster. Hopefully, the Cards will avoid giving up the big play, but it will be tough to contain these two. The defense looked improved from week one to week two. I think Coach Strong now has a better idea of which guys he wants on the field. Rodney Gnat, Shenard Holton, Hakeem Smith, and Dexter Heyman all looked to have improved their chances to start this week, after big performances against EKU. The offense will need to stay on the field as long as possible to give the defense it’s best chance to keep these two out of the end-zone.<