Oregon Ducks quarterback Jake Rodrigues, a redshirt freshman from Whitney High School (Rocklin, California), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Rodrigues was a highly touted prep prospect. As a junior he passed for 2,039 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 1,300 yards and 22 TDs. His sensational season earned him CAL MVP honors and Sac-Joaquin Section all-league offensive player of the year. As a senior he passed for 2,036 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for 684 yards and 15 TDs. He was voted Sac-Joaquin Section all-league and offensive player of the year and was a finalist for the 2011 Elite 11 Quarterback Competition.
Rodrigues earned three stars from 247Sports and four stars from Scout, Rivals and ESPN. The aforementioned scouting services praised Rodrigues for his arm strength, accuracy, field vision, mobility and play reading ability while knocking him for his decision making and touch.
Here’s one scouting evaluation on Rodrigues:
“The best dual-threat quarterback in the West, Rodrigues is just as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing. Strong arm and good in the short and intermediate routes. Needs to show better touch and b better in his decision making. Has so much confidence in his arm, he often forces throws where he thinks he can make them, only it’s into coverage.” – Scout
Rodrigues held offers from Arizona State, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, UCLA, USC and Washington amongst other Division 1 programs before signing with the Ducks. Rodrigues could would received even more national recognition had it not been for a gruesome leg injury he suffered his senior season.
In 2012, Rodrigues joined the Ducks in the spring after graduating high school early. He spent his first year continuing to heal from his injury while redshirting and learning the offense.
Rodrigues competed in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, impressing with a 13-of-19 for 165 yard and two touchdown performance.
Going into the 2013 season, Rodrigues will share backup responsibilities with Jeff Lockie. The two redshirt freshmen will see quite a bit of reserve time with Marcus Mariota being pulled early in games due to blowouts. Should Mariota go down to injury, either Lockie or Rodrigues will need to be ready to step in.