Former Tennessee WR Da'Rick Rogers
You can officially close the book on the up-and-down career of Da'Rick Rogers at the University of Tennessee.
According to Evan Woodbery of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee Tech has confirmed the transfer of the wide receiver and now-former Volunteer.
Tennessee Tech officially confirms that Da'Rick Rogers has transferred to TTU.— Evan Woodbery (@TennesseeBeat) August 27, 2012
Tennessee Tech then provided photographic evidence of Rogers' transfer.
Rogers, who caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and all-conference honors last season, was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley last week for a violation of team rules. Dooley said that he didn't expect the junior wideout to play for the Vols again this season, and it turns out he was right.
Finding a place to play this season is important, and judging from the picture posted by Tennessee Tech, he will be doing just that for the Golden Eagles.
Rogers was arrested for taking part in a bar fight shortly upon his arrival on the Knoxville campus. He has been in Dooley's dog house off and on ever since, including this offseason, when issues with the strength and conditioning staff created rumors that he was considering a transfer to Georgia State.
Rogers is draft-eligible after this season, and while taking the Tyrann Mathieu route and sitting out while sorting out his life may be the noble thing to do, Rogers still has a bright future as an NFL prospect.
As an FCS school, Rogers will not have to sit out a year at Tennessee Tech. If he can stay out of trouble this season, it will show NFL scouts and front offices that he used this fresh start to turn a new chapter in his life.
It won't erase all fears, but it will certainly help his case.
The book is now officially closed on the Da'Rick Rogers saga in Knoxville. A career that had a ton of promise can only be characterized as a disappointment. Hopefully Rogers uses this second chance to the best of his advantage.