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Matt Rodgers
Matt Rodgers

Walpole, MA

High School:
Walpole HS


Iowa Item - one of four captains for 1991...fourth in career passing at Iowa (6,725) behind Chuck Long (10,461) Drew Tate, and Chuck Hartlieb (6,934).

1991 - One of four team captains...first team all-Big Ten quarterback for second straight year...was 19 of 28 with one interception for 221 yards in Holiday Bowl against BYU...lead team in total offense with 2,415 yards and 18 touchdowns...rushed 68 times for 290 yards and four touchdowns (third behind starting backs)...missed two games (Indiana, Northwestern) after suffering sprained left knee in third quarter of 16-9 win at Ohio State...returned for final game and completed 21 of 34 passes for 270 yards and three scores vs. Minnesota...Big Ten Player of the Week and Chevrolet Scholarship Player of the Game vs. Illinois when he was 24 of 32 for 281 yards and two TDs...also scored game-winning TD on one-yard sneak in final three minutes to complete 69-yard, 14-play drive in final six minutes...Offensive MVP vs. Hawaii, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State and Minnesota...passed for over 200 yards in six of nine games...ranks 10th on Big Ten career passing yardage charts (6,725)...completed 20 of 27 passes of 258 yards and a score before injury vs. Ohio State...TD pass was for 61 yards to Alan Cross vs. Ohio State and he also ran for touchdown vs. OSU...was 20-27 for 229 yards in win at Purdue...passed for 180 yards and rushed for 30 on 10 carries at Wisconsin, the only Big Ten game in which he was under 200 yards passing...directed Hawkeyes to 11-play, 43-yard winning drive in final four minutes vs. the finished with 14-yard TD pass to Mike Saunders on fourth and five with 44 seconds left...completed 26 of 42 passes for 275 yards vs. Michigan...had a 52-yard pass completion to Danan Hughes vs. Hawaii...rushed for 67 yards on four carries (with career-long of 36 yards) and passed for 168 more in limited action vs. the Rainbows...passed for 258 yards (14-23) and two scores vs. Northern Illinois...joined Chuck Long as only Iowa QBs to throw for over 2,000 yard in three seasons...second to Long in career completions (550) and TD passes (41)...third in passing yardage (6,725) behind Long and Chuck Hartlieb...passed for over 200 yards 17 times, including seven of last eight least one TD pass in 25 of 32 career starts.

1990 - First team all-Big Ten by coaches and Ten Offensive MVP (along with Nick Bell and Jon Vaughn) by coaches...started all 12 games and completed 187 of 310 passes (60.3%) for 2,228 yards and 15 TDs while throwing only 10 interceptions...season passing total ranks sixth in school history...also ran for nine TDs...ranked second in Big Ten passing efficiency (135.8) and third in total offense (189.5)...only the third quarterback in Iowa history to twice throw for over 2,000 yards in a season (Chuck Long did it three times and Chuck Hartlieb twice)...Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for effort in wins over Michigan and Purdue...threw for 276 yards (27-37) and a touchdown in win over Michigan...completed 5-6 passes for 67 yards in game-winning drive vs. the Wolverines...ABC-TV's offensive player of the game vs. Purdue after completing 21-28 passes for 255 yards and a career-high four touchdowns...Iowa's Offensive MVP vs. Miami (Fla.), Michigan and Purdue...completed 21-36 passes for 275 yards and two TDs at Miami, including a 53-yard scoring strike to Nick Bell...hit 10-12 attempts and two TDs vs. Northwestern...11-16 (188 yards) and two TDs in 54-28 win at Illinois...connected on 79-127 passes for 975 yards and six TDs and one interception in road games with Miami, Michigan State, Michigan and Illinois...rushed for two scores and threw for one TD vs. Washington in Rose Bowl...threw 10 TD passes and only two interceptions over the last six regular season games...27 of his completions covered at least 20 yards, including nine over 30 yards and two over 40 yards...also rushed for 38 yards and three touchdowns vs. 25-yard run vs. Iowa State.

Sophomore - Honorable mention all-Big Ten selection by AP after passing for 2,222 yards...second sophomore in Iowa history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season (Chuck Long in 1983 was the other)...second in Big Ten yards passing, behind Illinois' Jeff George...season passing total ranks seventh in school history...third in Big Ten total offense...started last 10 games on season...Iowa's offensive MVP vs. Oregon and Michigan...came off bench to hit 12-20 passes for 167 yards in final 16 minutes vs. Oregon...season highs of 41 attempts and 29 completions vs. Michigan...three TD passes in first start vs. Iowa 291 yards vs. Illinois, then the nation's No.1 pass defense...completed 20-24 passes (83 percent) at efficiency rating of 188.6 vs. Wildcats was his career best by 32 points...rushed for 22 yards vs. Ohio State and scored on carries vs. Oregon and Purdue.

Freshman - lettered as holder on placements...threw one pass.

1987 - Redshirted.

High School Honors - Parade, Bally and Super Prep all-American, No. 2 QB in nation according to Parade, state Player of the Year by USA Today and Gatorade, New England Player of the Year by Gatorade and captain at Walpole...Career - completed 297 of 501 attempts (59.3 percent) for 4,574 yards and 58 touchdowns...holds Walpole records for TD passes in a game (six) and career (58)...completed 109 of 201 passes for 1,523 yards and 18 TDs for 10-0 team as a senior...1,745 yards passing (59.3 percent) and 27 TDs as junior and 1,306 yards passing (66.7 percent) and 13 TDs as a sophomore...Personal - born 1/8/69...communications major...son of former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Jimmy Rodgers, a two-time (1964 and 1965) Iowa basketball Most Valuable Player

Passing	Att.	Com.	Pct.	Yds.	TD	Int.
Fresh.	1	0	.000	0	0	0
Soph.	312	178	.571	2,222	12	13
Jun.	310	187	.603	2,228	15	10
Sen.	283	185	.653	2,275	14	11
Totals	906	550	.607	6,725	41	33
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