Oct. 19, 2011
Jordan Rodgers will start his first game as a Vanderbilt quarterback when the Commodores face Army in a non-Southeastern Conference encounter on campus Saturday.
Rodgers, a junior from Chico, Calif., was named the starter by Head Coach James Franklin after the Commodores completed practice Wednesday.
"Jordan will start the game. He's having a good week of practice and we thought he made some really good plays on Saturday," Franklin said during his post-practice remarks. "There are some things that we've got to get cleaned up, but they're very correctable things."
"It was a combination of some of the playmaking he brought. I thought how he fought, how he competed and how he broke tackles, he really gave us some momentum plays when we needed it. I think we kind of fed off that, so we'll keep going with it and see what happens," Franklin added.
Rodgers played extended minutes in relief of senior Larry Smith against Alabama and Georgia. He helped guide the Commodores to three touchdown drives in a second half comeback against Georgia, running for 80 yards and throwing for 45 yards.
Rodgers enrolled at Vanderbilt in January 2010 after a successful career at powerful Butte Junior College in Northern California. After missing the entire 2010 season with an arm injury, Rodgers has returned to see action in all six games this season. He has completed 24 of 51 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown.