2009 Football Coaches: Meet Jeff Rodgers

MANHATTAN, Kan. Be the first to take an inside look at the 2009 Kansas State football coaching staff as k-statesports.com continues an in-depth look at each member of head coach Bill Snyder's staff.

Each day, a new staff member will be profiled with in-depth video interviews and features, along with a biographical sketch, continuing today with Special Teams Coordinator JEFF RODGERS.

After guiding the Kansas State special teams units to unprecedented heights in 2008, Jeff Rodgers heads into his second season as the program’s special teams coordinator and his first as the school’s recruiting coordinator for head football coach Bill Snyder.

This past season, Kansas State led the nation and set a school record with nine total blocked kicks, which included a school-record three field goal blocks from All-Big 12 performer Ian Campbell, and also topped the nation in kickoff coverage starting point (21.9) and ranked ninth nationally after yielding just 18.16 yards per kickoff return.

K-State totaled six scores on special teams in 2008, four of which came via blocked punts, as the Wildcats also led the nation in blocked punts (4) and punt return touchdowns (5).

In the return game, Rodgers tutored Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Brandon Banks, who garnered honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades as both a kick and punt returner. Banks collected 498 yards on 18 kickoff returns and five punt returns for 58 yards this past season and boasted a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Nebraska, which tied for the fourth-longest in school history.

Kicker Brooks Rossman also grabbed All-Big 12 honors under Rodgers this past season as the senior closed out his Wildcat career near the top of every school kicking record. After connecting on 9-of-12 field goals in 2008, Rossman ended his career ranked fourth in school history in field goal percentage, sixth in field goals made, and seventh in field goals attempted. Rossman was also a key cog in the Wildcats’ dominant kickoff return defense as his 22 touchbacks through 12 games ranked 10th nationally.


To view Rodgers' full bio, click here.