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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.

2012: Won 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 Nov. 3.

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.


*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide

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