Rodrigues joins UC Davis football after signing NLI

Dec. 22, 2017

DAVIS, Calif - Former American River College standout quarterback Hunter Rodrigues is the newest member of UC Davis football after signing a National Letter of Intent on Friday, as announced by head coach Dan Hawkins. As a junior college transfer, Rodrigues will join his new teammates for spring workouts.

The Aggies' 2018 NLI signing class now stands at 11 student-athletes with Rodrigues' commitment.

In his first season leading American River College as its quarterback, Rodrigues posted 2,191 passing yards, threw 23 touchdowns and rushed for another 14. Rodrigues was equally as successful on the field and in the classroom; in addition to recording a 3.7 GPA, Northern California League officials selected his as its Offensive Player of the Year.

Rodrigues played a key role in the Beavers' successful 2017 season, one that saw them record a 10-2 overall and perfect 5-0 conference record, win a NCL title and finish their year as runner-ups in Northern California Football Conference championship game.

Prior to committing to the sixth-ranked public school in the nation, Rodrigues also enjoyed a stellar career at Whitney High School, where he held a 3.6 GPA throughout his four years on campus. As a senior, he collected Whitney Football Player of the Year, All-Capital Valley Conference first team and league Offensive Player of the Year honors by finishing with 3,154 passing yards and 45 TDs.

UC Davis football provides an opportunity to compete for a program on the rise, that emphasizes a quality balance of life between football, academics, and a college experience similar to other UC Davis students. No other FCS school in the nation will reschedule its off-season workouts accordingly to allow its players to study abroad during the spring and/or summer terms.

Is is this unique philosophy that is the foundation for the program, which led to UC Davis enjoying its most successful season in the Big Sky last year. In addition to setting 46 new records, the Aggies ended the 2017 campaign as the league's top offense, for the first time in program history, with numerous players garnering national accolades.

"Excited to have another local product join the program. He's a great athlete, very accurate and most importantly, loves shredding defenses!".
- Coach Tim Plough