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    Maurice Rodriguez
    Maurice Rodriguez

    Hometown:
    Visalia, Calif.

    High School:
    Redwood

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 240

    Position:
    Linebacker

    NFL Team:
    Kansas City Chiefs

    NFL Draft: Selected in the seventh round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Fresno State: Emerged as one of the team's most valuable defensive players in 2001 ? always around the ball on defense ? moves from one side of the field to the other very quickly ? plays with a lot of tenacity ? teammates call him one of the biggest hitters on the team. (2001) Played and started in all 14 games ? a second-team All-WAC selection ? led the Bulldogs in tackles with 101 ? had 64 solo tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack ? broke up six passes and had three quarterback hurries ? with the linebacker position one of the major question marks heading into the season, he broke out with a 14-tackle performance in the season opening win against Colorado ? had 12 tackles against Colorado State and 11 against Nevada ? was one of Fresno State's most consistent performers defensively. (2000) Played in 10 games ? had 16 tackles, including three for loss and one sack ? was one of the most valuable members of the special teams ? always seemed to be one of the first people downfield on kickoff coverage. (1999) Played in 10 games and had 22 tackles ? played primarily on special teams ? had three tackles for loss and one quarterback sack ? recovered one fumble. (1998) Redshirted. (1997) Sat out while fulfilling academic requirements.

    High School: A 1997 graduate of Redwood High School (Visalia, Calif.) ... earned first-team Fresno Bee All-Star honors as a senior in 1996 ... also named all-area (Tulare/Kings County) and the area?s defensive player of the year ... was a first-team All-West Yosemite League choice ... totaled 146 tackles (49 solos, 97 assists), one sack and one fumble recovery ... helped his team to an 11-2-1 record and a Valley championship as a senior ... was a second-team All-WYL choice as a junior in 1995 ... was called up to the varsity his sophomore season of 1994 and was a part-time starter.

    Personal: Born Aug. 30, 1978, in Puerto Rico ... son of Tomas Rodriguez and Suzette Graulau ... has two brothers.

    STATISTICS
    Year    G-GS   Solo   Asst   Total   TFL-Yds   Sacks-Yds
    1997    Sat out while fulfilling NCAA eligibility requirements
    1998    Redshirted
    1999     9-0    13      9      22     3-11       1-5
    2000    10-0     8      8      16     3-16       1-6
    2001   14-14    64     37     101      3-9       1-5
    Totals 33-14    85     54     139     9-35      3-16
    

    Year FC PBU FR Int-Yds 1997 Sat out while fulfilling NCAA eligibility requirements 1998 Redshirted 1999 0 0 1 0-0 2000 0 0 0 0-0 2001 1 6 0 0-0 Totals 1 6 1 0-0

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