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Vols WR Da’Rick Rogers suspended indefinitely

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Well, this is unexpected. Or maybe it isn’t? Either way, this isn’t good for Tennessee.

The school announced Thursday morning that wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Coach Derek Dooley said after practice that the suspension was brought on by “recent events.” Dooley added that he didn’t expect Rogers to play for Tennessee this season.

There’s not one player on the team we’re not prepared to go play without,” Dooley said.

It’s been rumored, but not confirmed, that Rogers violated the school’s substance abuse policy.

Rogers has reportedly been in and out of Dooley’s doghouse for a while. His most recent line of issues came last December when it was reported that Rogers was technically not a part of the team, but is not officially suspended either. In the spring, the rumor mill had Rogers transferring to Georgia State, but that ended up being false.

Despite all the distractions, Rogers was incredibly productive in one of the more statistically inefficient offenses in the country last year. He caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. Losing Rogers for any amount of time hurts.

If nothing else, it should tighten the point spread the Vols have over North Carolina State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Tennessee is currently a touchdown favorite, but with Rogers out, the Wolfpack will probably tie cornerback David Amerson to receiver Justin Hunter, who is coming back from a season-ending ACL injury,.

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11 Responses to “Vols WR Da’Rick Rogers suspended indefinitely”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 23, 2012 10:53 AM

    He could be so much better if he were just a decent person and could stay out of trouble for five minutes. In the end, I wonder if a professional team will be willing to take a chance on him? He has probably already cost himself a cool million at least by where he goes in the draft in the future, assuming he is not in a jail someplace. Georgia dodged a bullet, when he changed his verbal to Tenn. I hate to see young kids throw away their future, but sometimes the tiger can’t change his stripes.
    No worries though, because Dooley, will suspend him for one cupcake game and he will be back on the field. Dooley needs to win this year.

  2. magoopaintrock says: Aug 23, 2012 12:28 PM

    Give him the Urban Meyer treatment: One quarter.

  3. quitcrying says: Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM

    To repeat my thoughts from the last time Da’Rick was in the headlines….Da’Rick, please hurry up and leave so that someone who wants to play football can take your spot. You are a little boy, now go on & get out of TN. What a moron.

  4. tttrojan4life says: Aug 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    Tennessee is a mess. As an SC fan, this makes me very happy. The way much of the fan base acted when Kiffin left was flat out creepy.

  5. pricecube says: Aug 23, 2012 3:36 PM

    I would really like to know what Da’Rick did. He was previously involved in a bar fight in which an off duty cop received a fractured skull! I thought he should have been kicked off the team then and there but he was the crown jewel, five star in Dooley’s first recruiting class. I guess whatever happened was pretty serious or perhaps this was just the final straw. In either case I am glad Dooley finally made the right decision and got rid of this dirt bag. It sure makes retaining his job more difficult so I am sure it was a difficult decision. Whether or not he is the Vols coach next year I admire this decision.

  6. ghengy says: Aug 23, 2012 3:42 PM

    What a dumbass. The body count keeps piling up.

    Well this opens the door wide for Patterson to make his big splash, still would have rather done it with 3 WRs but Freshmen will be counted on again to contribute.

    Anybody got a TE we can borrow?

  7. vols84 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:46 PM

    The timing stinks but this team will be fine without him. That is the one position that Tennessee has tons of talent and can afford this loss. Frankly, it was time for Rogers to go. He was in trouble last year. He is a diva. Good for Dooley.

    Trojan – this has nothing to do with the Tennessee program being a mess. Its one bad apple and this team will survive. The trojans have had their issues with WRs too.

  8. roundup5 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    He was trouble in HS; trouble numerous times at UT. A thug if there ever was one.

  9. roltyd says: Aug 23, 2012 10:10 PM

    Thuggie brotha athletes love to catch a buzz, don’t they? If they stay awake afterwards, they look for more mischief to get into, making babays, shootin’ guns, stickin’ ‘em up, whateva, yeah.

  10. roltyd says: Aug 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    tapperwrapper (trojan): Remember your love affair with Lame when he chews on yet another show out there…its gonna happen, as sure as Spanish is California’s native language.

  11. roltyd says: Aug 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    *shoe

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