This week, we've hit on Ryan Swope who, by everyone's account, is a coach's dream. A kid who shows up every day and just does his job in exceptional fashion. Today we're going to talk about a guy that can be a coach's headache at times: Da'Rick Rogers, the standout wideout from Tennessee.
No. 142: Da'Rick Rogers, No. 21, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
If you're a college football fan, then you've heard about Da'Rick Rogers and his most recent "issue" at the University of Tennessee. A non-suspension suspension that ultimately turned out to raise more problems than it was actually worth.
The rising junior is with the team, and he's got his quarterback and running mate back in the fold for the 2012 campaign.
Rogers is a 6'3", 215-pound wide receiver with good hands, good body control and some serious power. He's hard to tackle, hard to cover and when he gets the ball in his hands, he has eyes on the end zone.
He is not the fastest wide receiver, but he doesn't have to be, because like other big, physical types, he gets open with his body. Plus, when he's not open, he is still open, because of his power and body control.
There's a reason Rogers was a first-team All-SEC player a season ago. He put up 1,040 yards on 67 catches plus nine touchdowns—with his quarterback missing games for an injury and his partner, Justin Hunter, sidelined with a knee injury.
He was the Volunteers offense in 2011, and he still found a way to make it go.
Here is where Rogers lost points. I'm conflicted about slotting him so low, because I love the way this kid plays. The attitude, the fire, the willingness to take and give contact. Those are all things that Rogers has that I absolutely love.
However, when people are legitimately not worried about losing this caliber of player, there is a problem.
The kid can ball, but it boils down to his attitude and taking care of business off the field. As far as players go, Rogers is likely one of the top 50-60 or so when it comes to talent.
However, the uncertainty makes it tough to elevate him.
I'm going to be "that" guy here. This is going to be Da'Rick Rogers' year.
Yes, Justin Hunter might grab more catches for more yards, but this is going to be the season that Rogers puts it all together.
As a freshman, both on and off the field, he was not all there. Last year, he put it together on the field, but off the field, he was still a mess. This year—year three—Rogers is going to get both segments right.
He's already screwed up this spring, but since he's been back, the kid has rebounded quite well. He's going to get over 1,000 yards receiving, he'll grab 70 or so balls and 10 touchdowns makes sense for him.
Especially now that he's operating with a healthy Tyler Bray, and Justin Hunter will be drawing the defense's attention.