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Da’Rick Rogers’ future with Vols up in the air

Da'Rick Rogers, Casey Hayward AP

Wow.

In less than four months, Tennessee’s has lost its best defensive player (Janzen Jackson) to a dismissal, its best receiver (Justin Hunter) to a season-ending injury and its starting quarterback (Tyler Bray) for several games with a broken thumb.  Unbelievably, the long-term status of yet another prominent member of the Vols is now very much up in the air as well.

While initial reports had Da’Rick Rogers dismissed from the football program entirely, it’s subsequently been confirmed by the Knoxville News Sentinel that the wide receiver is technically not a part of the team but is not officially suspended either.  Wes Rucker of govols247.com writes that Rogers could work his way back onto the team, although it’s unclear what led to the issue in the first place.

Head coach Derek Dooley confirmed to the News Sentinel that a meeting took place with Rogers today, but would not get into the reasons behind it.

Thanks to Hunter’s injury three games into the 2011 season, Rogers ended up leading the Vols in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine).  Rogers was a five-star member of Dooley’s first UT recruiting class in 2010, with Rivals.com rating the Georgia high school product as the No. 2 receiver in the country and the No. 1 player in his state.  He had originally verbally committed to Georgia, but was a late flip to the Vols.

The issues surrounding Rogers will have no impact on the field this year as the Vols, at 5-7, are ineligible for a bowl.

UPDATED 5:53 p.m. ET: Dooley has released a statement addressing the Rogers situation.  Here it is, for what it’s worth.

“Da’Rick Rogers has not been suspended and is still a part of our football team.”

Rucker notes in a tweet that, despite Dooley’s statement, “he’s definitely in trouble, though.”

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18 Responses to “Da’Rick Rogers’ future with Vols up in the air”
  1. choicess says: Dec 2, 2011 4:16 PM

    John,
    “Rogers ended up leading the Vols in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine).”

    He lead the SEC in receptions and yards, and was second in TD’s.

    And he is a knucklehead.

  2. huskersrock1 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    He shouldn’t even been on the team after the car jacking.

  3. choicess says: Dec 2, 2011 4:47 PM

    “huskersrock1 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:36 PM

    He shouldn’t even been on the team after the car jacking.”

    Don’t know what you’re smoking, but that sorta never happened at all.

  4. vols84 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:54 PM

    Car jacking? What on earth are you talking about?

  5. huskersrock1 says: Dec 2, 2011 5:03 PM

    Sorry that was Nu’Keese Richardson I confused him with, it is tough to keep track of law breaking UT players.

  6. pricecube says: Dec 2, 2011 6:26 PM

    Da’Rick is Dooley’s five star recruit that kicked off duty police officer (Robert Capouellez) in the head while he was lying prone on the ground. He fractured his skull and was given a slap on the wrist. All this occurred during the time frame when all the yokels were convinced Dooley would restore “integrity” to the program… mostly because he had a strong southern drawl and a prominent last name… He was considered the anti-Kiffin (which is mostly true considering Kiffin is a talented coach). I was disgusted when he did not kick this scum bag (Da’Rick) off the team then and there… but again he was the lone five star in Dooley’s recruiting class… and he is undeniably a talented WR. Things keep going from bad to worse in the Dooley era…

  7. pricecube says: Dec 2, 2011 6:53 PM

    Is that you Barbara Dooley??… giving me a thumbs down I mean….
    :)

  8. woebegong says: Dec 2, 2011 7:00 PM

    I can remember when he de-commited from UGA about 2-3 weeks before national signing day. He signed with the Vols. and within two months, was involved in some deep trouble with the police up in Knoxville. I think the charges got reduced to a felony some how, even though a off duty police officer was involved. I had wondered why UGA hadn’t made a last ditch effort to get him to change his mind and wondered at the time why that was. A couple of months later I think I got my answer. I don’t know what kind of hot water he is now, since his coach , Derek the wonder boy, was nebulous at best, as to the cause of him being unofficially/ officially not on the team.
    Hope the kid straightens out his problems, but if CMR gave up on the guy, that is not a good sign.

  9. hines86for6 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:43 PM

    Mark Richt “gave up” on the top prospect in your state? Hahahaha Butt Hurt much?

    just a little payback for Marlon Brown? How did he work out for you?

    BTW, it was never officially confirmed it was Darick who kicked the cop.

    Guy just led the SEC in receiving without his star QB for half the season yet you poo pah that Richt never wanted him.

    Baby

  10. vols84 says: Dec 2, 2011 9:59 PM

    As if a husker fan can talk about lawless players. When big Tom had you all in relevant games your players were out of control too.

  11. superbronco77 says: Dec 2, 2011 10:11 PM

    Hines – FYI Marlon Brown won the Vandy game when Malcomb Mitchell and others were dinged up……also just a heads up while you are ripping CMR and UGA… your boy Hines86 was a STUD at that very school haha! GO DAWGS!

  12. choicess says: Dec 2, 2011 10:29 PM

    pricecube,

    You are completely wrong and slandering DR for no apparent reason. Da’Rick was cleared of all charges and did not kick anybody in the head. The laws are pretty cut and dry about these things; if he had done that, he would have been kicked off the team just like Darren Myles Jr. was. DMJr by the way was a prized recruit and a phenomenal safety but couldn’t get his act together. To insinuate Dooley puts up with bad behavior is pathetically misguided. Not one of Dooley’s commits has been in trouble at UT. Know your facts before you post your libelous garbage you embossed carbuncle.

  13. pricecube says: Dec 2, 2011 11:28 PM

    @vol84

    As if a husker fan can talk about lawless players. When big Tom had you all in relevant games your players were out of control too.
    _____________________________________

    Yeah… well it would be one thing if we had our thugs (Da’Rick) but were steamrolling everyone in our path like the Lawrence Phillips era Huskers… Instead we have the worst team in the entire 120 yr history of the program… Tennessee is far less relevant today than Nebraska… haven’t been relevant in almost a decade either…

  14. pricecube says: Dec 2, 2011 11:36 PM

    @choicess

    I think the above article indicates that Dooley “puts up with bad behavior” from Da’Rick as well as covering for him… Many people think Da’Rick and his attitude were the reason Bagget left.

  15. superfbfan says: Dec 3, 2011 12:02 AM

    @Hines86
    Marlon Brown is a damn good dawg….and Alec Ogletree was the #1 recruit out of GA that year…don’t care what rivals said…everyone in the know knew it then and it has been proven on the field…. Da’Rick isn’t even the best receiver at UT…that would be Justin Hunter.

  16. choicess says: Dec 3, 2011 12:16 AM

    @pricecube

    You are delusional. There is nothing more that can be said.

    DR is not perfect, but he is a smart and likable kid. You know nothing concerning the state of our program, so keep your mouth shut.
    Our program is strong, regardless of the situation of this kid. He led the league without competent supporting cast. Kid is on some other level.
    The issue with him is that he does not care about class and likes to party. He is a freak, he doesn’t fit in anywhere. I pray for him because he has unreal talent; he is literally the best in the league as a soph, and Hunter is better than him. This is unprecedented in case you were wondering. Pair those two up with JUCO WR Cord Patterson and our vertical game will be unstoppable.

    V,B.
    Simple as that.

  17. pricecube says: Dec 3, 2011 1:16 AM

    @choicess

    “You are delusional. There is nothing more that can be said.

    DR is not perfect, but he is a smart and likable kid. You know nothing concerning the state of our program, so keep your mouth shut.
    Our program is strong, regardless of the situation of this kid.”
    ____________________________________

    FACT: Tennessee just had back to back losing seasons for the first time since 1910-1911. It has not happened in 100 yrs. The Vols celebrated like they had just won the Super Bowl after beating Vandy in OT at Neyland. Most years at Tennessee that would be considered an embarrassment. KY just broke our 26 yr streak over them. Dooley’s signature win thus far is against Cincinnati. He is 4-12 in the SEC with his wins coming against Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt (the three worst teams in the SEC, one of which just beat us). Need I go on? I don’t think anyone in their right mind would call this a “strong” period for the Volunteer football program. And YOU are calling ME delusional?

    Second, I never said DR was not a great WR… and you are right Hunter was even better … Hopefully he will be again after knee surgery… that remains to be seen… but regardless of how stellar our receiving corps may be, I do not see how we can be successful without some kind of running game as well. Tauren Poole was a 1000 yd back in 2010. I have no idea what happened between last year and this year but we had no running game. None! Our run blocking was abysmal. You cannot be one dimensional and have success against a great defense. The running game sets up the passing game.

    The fact of the matter is Dooley knows he is very likely done if he does not win a minimum of 7-8 games next year. He knows this and so does Da’Rick. It is an unfortunate situation… but I think it goes a long way to explain this otherwise odd news blurb.

  18. cantrunfromtrouble says: Dec 4, 2011 12:23 AM

    First, DR treated the teachers in high school like crap and they took it until Football season was over and then he was home schooled after football season. “Daddy” Nance gets him to go to UT so that they would take his son Nash. Then when the first trouble he got into “Daddy” Nance’s money took care of that. So when are these athletes going to learn. The will not as long as the schools continue to let them get by with it. There are plenty of good athletes coming out of high school with great grades and morals that are overlooked every year that would not make the school or coach look bad and would work their butts off to get the shot he has. Schools need to start looking at these athletes.

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