Tennessee Football: Da'Rick Rogers Drama Makes Him Expendable

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMarch 29, 2012

Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers
Tennessee WR Da'Rick RogersKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers has had an up-and-down career at Tennessee, and that career may be coming to a close.

Tennessee Sports Radio 1180 in Knoxville is reporting that Rogers will not be back with the Tennessee football program this fall, and that the junior will transfer to Georgia State.

Austin Ward of the Knoxville News Sentinel asked Derek Dooley about the report, and apparently it's news to the Tennessee head coach.

This is the latest in a string of issues that the Calhoun, Ga. native has faced during his time on Rocky Top.

Rogers was arrested on a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge stemming from a bar brawl the summer before his freshman season with the Vols, but those charges were later dropped. He rebounded with a strong sophomore season that saw him catch 64 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011.  

However, off-field rumors and complaints about the strength and conditioning program have landed Rogers in head coach Derek Dooley's doghouse this offseason, and that frustration may have reached a boiling point.

At this point, Rogers just needs to go. The on-again, off-again relationship he has with the coaching staff is terrible for any program, especially one that has been unstable for the last few years like Tennessee's.  

With wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson on the roster, Rogers' shenanigans make him expendable. Dooley should let him walk if that's what he wants to do.