Aaron was a two-time All-Section selection at Pleasant Valley (Chico, Cal.) High School, where he threw for 2,176 yards as a senior and 2,243 yards during his junior campaign … He attended Butte (Cal.) Junior College in 2002, where he led the team to a No. 2 ranking in the national polls, completing 164 of 265 passes (61.9%) for 2,408 yards, 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions, adding 294 yards with seven scores on 101 carries (2.9 avg.) … A true student of the game and a bright protégé of coach Jeff Tedford, Aaron emerged as one of the nation's premier quarterbacks as a junior in 2004 … His 161.2 passer efficiency rating in 2004 established a school season-record, as he led the fifth-ranked offense (492.4 ypg) in the NCAA Division 1-A ranks … He boasts a 17-5 record as a starting quarterback for the Bears … In two seasons at California, Aaron completed 424 of 665 passes (63.8%) for 5,469 yards, 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, adding 336 yards and eight scores on 160 rushing attempts (2.1 avg) … His passer efficiency rating of 150.31 shattered the previous school career-record of 142.6 by David Barr (1992-94) … His 5,469 yards passing rank seventh in California-Berkeley annals and his 43 touchdown passes rank fifth … Only Rich Campbell (64.5%, 1977-80) had a higher pass completion percentage in school history … Only Randy Gold (10, 1960-62) had fewer interceptions in a career as Cal's starting passer … His percentage of 1.95 passes that were intercepted broke the old school all-time record of 2.74% by Pat Barnes (26 on 950 throws, 1993-96) … In the 2004 Southern California contest, Aaron tied the NCAA single-game consecutive completions record, connecting on his first 23 attempts (Tee Martin of Tennessee first accomplished that feat vs. South Carolina in 1998) and set a new NCAA overall consecutive completions record with 26 consecutive (three at Oregon State and 23 at USC), breaking Martin's 1998 record of 24 … Aaron gained 5,805 yards in total offense at California, the sixth-best career total in school annals … His 3,113 total yards in 2003 are topped only by Pat Barnes (3,499 in 1996) on Cal's season-record chart.
Aaron is a well-built athlete with a medium to long stride and good foot quickness … Also has displayed good athletic ability and change of direction agility for the position … Has a good setup and a quick release to go along with very good arm strength … Rarely will he make questionable decisions … Has no trouble reading defenses and will not force the ball into traffic (see low interception percentage) … Stays on his primary receivers too long at times, but when he can't locate and hit secondary receivers, he will take off and run with the ball … Shows good poise, especially when faced with pressure, but must stand in the pocket longer to wait for the play to develop … Has shown flashes of great play-making ability due to his good athleticism and very good arm strength … He's a developing prospect with all the physical tools, displaying excellent quickness in his delivery and release … Very effective at generating the quickness and snap on the forward motion of his release to easily loft the ball into his target's waiting hands … His feet are very quick, but it's his long ball accuracy and touch that stand out, taking enough off his long throws to feather the ball to receivers … While Aaron is not the biggest quarterback you will find, he does have a loose arm, tight circle and knows how to step into his throws … The thing you notice on film is his ability to flash a good pass set, drift and soft touch, showing the vision and awareness to slide and move in and out of the pocket with ease … Displays a smooth, accurate long ball and can run the quarterback draw like a tailback, making him a definite running threat.
2003 -- Joined California in fall drills with a pre-existing left knee injury … Re-injured the knee during fall camp, but did not miss any time … His knee was again injured in the Southern Mississippi game (8/30), but he played with the injury throughout the season … Underwent surgery to repair the ligament damage on 1/07/03, sitting out 2004 spring drills while recovering.
4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 340-pound bench press … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands.
Attended Pleasant Valley (Chico, Cal.) High, where he was a two-time All-Section choice in 2000 and '01 … Passed for a combined 4,419 yards during his junior and senior seasons … Set single-game school records for touchdowns (6) and all-purpose yards (440), and single-season marks for passing yards (2,176) and total yards (2,466).
American Studies major … Son of Darla and Ed Rodgers … Born 12/02/83 … Resides in Chico, California.