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But the similarities don't stop there. They are fellow Texans: Quizz was known as Mr. Touchdown at Lamar Consolidated High School, where he had a state record of 136 scores and more than 8,000 yards.
James rushed for 2,043 yards and 26 touchdowns his senior season at Texarkana Liberty-Eylau High School. His junior year, he won a state track title in the 100 meters.
The two are even Facebook friends and have chatted about the "rivalry" between the two of them to be played out on Thursday.
"We talked about how people make me and him into a personal battle," Rodgers told reporters last week. "It's just a love for the game, and helping our teams win that's important."
LaMike, likewise, has nothing but praise for Quizz.
"Personally, I think he's a great, phenomenal player," James said. "I can't take anything from him or say anything negative because I think he's a great player. It's not really a personal battle."
Last season Rodgers missed the Civil War because of a shoulder injury. The Beavers, who had defeated USC earlier in the season, were looking to make the Rose Bowl in that game, too. But the Ducks came to Reser Stadium and romped to a 65-38 victory.
Quizz said he couldn't help but dream about what it would mean to play on New Year's Day.
"Yes, I think about it. But we have to stay focused to beat Oregon," he said. "The Rose Bowl doesn't exist if you don't beat Oregon."
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