SAN JOSE, Calif.- The SaberCats today announced the addition of former Milwaukee Mustangs defensive back Kelvin Rodgers. The former Minnesota State Maverick rejoins college teammate and recently acquired defensive lineman Randy Earl, former Mustangs defensive backs Andre Jones, Brandon Brinkley and defensive coordinator Cedric Walker in San Jose.
"Kelvin is a playmaker, another quality defensive back to add to our already talented group," said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. "He brings quality depth to the secondary and a familiarity with our new defensive coordinator, Cedric Walker."
Rodgers (6-1, 180, Minnesota State) most recently spent time with the Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League in 2011, his rookie campaign. He appeared in all 18 games, tying for the league lead in interceptions returned for touchdowns (three of his six total interceptions) and led his team in tackles with 78.5 (71 solo). He was also dynamic in the return game, as he led Milwaukee in kickoff returns with 595 yards on 28 returns, including one touchdown. Before joining the Mustangs, Rodgers signed as an undrafted free agent with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League and remained with the team through mini-camp.
A key contributor at Minnesota State, Rodgers spent time at cornerback and returned kicks over the course of his four seasons with the Mavericks. He appeared in 45 games, recorded a career total of 126 tackles, grabbed five interceptions, and both forced and recovered one fumble. Rodgers is also the career leader at Minnesota State in kick returns (88), kick return yards (2,255), and punt return yards (770).
A native of East St. Louis, Ill., Rodgers was named a first team all-conference, all-metro and all-state selection as a senior, while racking up 60 tackles and eight interceptions. In addition to defensive back, Rodgers played wide receiver, where he hauled in 33 catches for 715 yards and nine touchdowns, kicker and punter for the Flyers.