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#7 Rodney Landers
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va.
High School: Tallwood

At JMU: Fifth-year Duke and returning QB starter... Payton Award and league player of the year candidate as a combined rushing/passing threat... nation's top returning QB rusher after being among only two QBs in the top 65 nationally in rushing in 2007... team leader who can build on a strong junior season by continuing to develop his consistency, said offensive coordinator Jeff Durden... enters 2008 second in team history in passing percentage (.638) and pass efficiency (148.0), eighth in total offense (3,461), tied for ninth in TD passes (14) and TD responsibility (29), 11th in completions (139), 12th in passing yards (1,754), 13th in rushing yards (1,707) and rushing TDs (15), and 14th in passes (218).

 

2007: Started each game... captain... second-team All-CAA... first-team all-state (Roanoke Times, Virginia SIDs)... team co-MVP... completed 63.4 percent of his passes (130-205) for 1,678 yards and 13 TDs and threw only five interceptions... nationally was 14th in pass efficiency (148.22), 20th in total offense (245.9 per game) and 26th in rushing (106.1) ... in the CAA was third in efficiency, fifth in total offense (2,951), sixth in rushing (1,273), and ninth in passing yards (1,678)... set JMU's season QB rushing yards record and had the program's No. 3 season mark overall... other rankings on JMU's season lists included No. 1 in yards of total offense, No. 2 in plays of total offense (428) and TD responsibility (25), tied for No. 2 in rushes (223), No. 3 in rushing TDs (13), No. 4 in overall TDs (13), No. 5 in pass efficiency, and No. 9 in TD passes (13) ... had six 100-yard rushing games and three 200-yard passing games... had a JMU-record 408 yards of total offense (166 rush, 242 pass) and threw for three TDs at Rhode Island... had 370 total yards vs. Villanova (70 rush, 300 pass) and 369 vs. New Hampshire (128 rush, 241 pass), JMU's No. 6 and No. 7 game figures... CAA offensive player of the week after the Villanova and Rhode Island games... set JMU's QB game-rushing record at Rhode Island and again with 171 yards at William & Mary... threw for two TDs vs. Villanova and had a TD pass in 10 games... ran for two TDs vs. New Hampshire, Villanova, William & Mary and Towson and had a TD run in nine games... 25 completions vs. Villanova matched the sixth most in a game by a Duke... had 129 rushing yards vs. Appalachian State, 150 vs. Towson and 129 vs. Coastal Carolina.

 

2006: Played in eight games, mostly as a reserve QB and at WR or RB... hit on  four of six passes for 29 yards, ran 24 times for 222 yards and a TD and caught six passes for 61 yards... ran six times for a season-best 59 yards, caught a 10-yard pass and completed both of his passes for 12 yards vs. Northeastern... ran four times for 54 yards, including a season-long carry of 45 yards, vs. Delaware... ran for 45 yards at Towson... ran for 20 yards, caught two passes for 19 yards and had an 11-yard completion at Virginia Military... ran twice for 32 yards and caught two passes for 24 yards, including a season-long 21-yarder, vs. William & Mary.

 

2005: Played in eight games as a redshirt freshman... hit on five of seven passes for 47 yards and a TD and ran 25 times for 212 yards and two TDs... ran five times for 61 yards, including a 24-yard TD carry, and hit on two of three passes for 23 yards vs. Lock Haven in his first game... vs. Delaware State ran eight times for a team-high 106 yards and threw an 11-yard TD pass... scored on an 81-yard run, the second-longest QB carry in team history and matching the then-sixth-longest overall... ran five times for 27 yards at Hofstra... on special teams had tackles at Massachusetts and Delaware.

 

High School:  First-team All-Tidewater QB as a Tallwood senior... threw for 815 yards and eight TDs and ran for 644 yards and 11 TDs... second-team all-district as a junior and senior... state all-star game participant.

 

Personal: Kinesiology major with a sports management concentration.

 

 

 

G

Comp

Att

Int

Pct

  Yds

TD

2005

 8

    5

    7

 0

.714

    47

 1

2006

 8

    4

    6

 0

.667

    29

 0

2007

12

 130

 205

 5

.634

 1678

13

Totals

28

 139

218

 5

.638

1754

14

 

 

 G

Runs

  Yds

TD

2005

 8

  25

  212

 2

2006

 8

  24

  222

 1

2007

12

 223

 1273

12

Totals

28

 272

1707

15