- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 30, 2018

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Former Oregon State receiver James Rodgers is returning to the Beavers as director of player development under new coach Jonathan Smith.

Rodgers played for the Beavers from 2007-11, setting the school record with 6,373 all-purpose yards. He caught 222 passes, good for third on the school’s career list. He had 19 TD receptions and nine rushing touchdowns.

After Oregon State, Rodgers was with the Atlanta Falcons for two seasons, spending time on the team’s practice squad. He also played for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes for two seasons.

Smith announced the move on Tuesday.

Last year Rodgers was director of player development under coach Mike Riley at Nebraska. Riley, a former head coach of the Beavers, has since joined Smith’s staff in Corvallis.

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