Original walk-on wide receiver who
is attending Clemson on the GI Bill ... decorated war hero who served
approximately 18 months (starting Jan. 26, 2007) in Iraq and one year in
Afghanistan ... served in the Army from 2006-10 ... achieved the military rank
of Sargeant ... involved in Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistant on Oct. 3, 2009,
when 300 Taliban insurgents battled with 38 U.S. troops; eight Americans lost
their lives and 22 were injured, including Rodriguez, in one of the most
violent battles in the war; he earned a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal
With Valor Device for his heroism at Kamdesh ... his story has been featured on
many national shows and programs.
the Discover Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award ... won the USAA Athletic
Inspiration Award ... attended the ESPYs as a finalist for the Jim Valvano
Perseverance Award ... semifinalist for the Armed Forces Merit Award ... had
three receptions for 10 yards in 46 snaps over 13 games ... played on special
teams against #25 Auburn at Atlanta, GA on Sept. 1; it was his first career
game ... had a four-yard reception against Ball State on Sept. 8; it was his
first career reception ... played seven snaps against Furman on Sept. 15 ...
had a special teams tackle against Virginia Tech on Oct. 20; he led the team
down the Hill carrying an American flag on Military Appreciation Day ... had
one reception at Wake Forest on Oct. 25 ... had a 10-yard reception at Duke on
Before Clemson: Enrolled
at Germanna Community College, which does not offer athletics, in the spring of
2011 ... named 2011 Southern Pigskin Person-of-the-Year ... played three
seasons (2003-05) at Brooke Point High School ... played slot receiver, running
back, cornerback, holder, quarterback, and returned kicks ... his team reached
the regional playoffs as a senior ... played against many future NFL players
who attended Virginia Tech, including Eddie Royal ... played four seasons of
basketball as a point guard ... coached by Jeff Berry at Brooke Point High.
Personal: His sister, Veronica,
played volleyball and basketball at Tennessee Temple ... majoring in community
recreation, sport, & camp management ... born Jan. 8, 1988.