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Ex-Vols WR Da’Rick Rogers confirms failed drug test led to suspension

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When Tennessee wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was given an indefinite suspension last week, reports began surfacing that it was a result of a violation of the school’s substance abuse policy.

On Tuesday, Rogers, now with Tennessee Tech, confirmed failed drug tests led to his suspension from the Vols.

There were a couple of drug tests, and it was about me being a young, immature guy and those are things that I’ve got to work on,” Rogers said. “I plan to do that. When it came to review my next school and I met coach (Watson) Brown I most definitely felt like he was a guy that could help me with all my things and the situation that I had going on.”

Rogers is eligible to play for TTU right away, although how much of the field he’ll see in Thursday’s game against Hampton is unknown.

The junior was incredibly productive for Tennessee last year, catching 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns — good enough to lead the team in all three categories. There’s no denying his talent, but Rogers has to make a choice: drugs or football.

It’s not hard.

(Hat tip: Tennessean) 

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5 Responses to “Ex-Vols WR Da’Rick Rogers confirms failed drug test led to suspension”
  1. woebegong says: Aug 28, 2012 3:06 PM

    Now who would have thought it had anything to do with a failed drug test as reported by the papers in Knoxville a week ago. About the worst kept secret around. He is much like I. Crowell. To keep him out of trouble, you have to baby sit him. That should work out real well, if he somehow makes it to the NFL.

  2. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    If Da’Rick is a drug addict he should go to rehab like Tyrann (smartest move Tyrann has made in a long time). If not, why would he need help from a coach to stop being stupid?

  3. florida727 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:30 PM

    Although I agree with your point “brutus”, that no coach is qualified to help a young guy in overcoming a true drug addiction, I do like the fact that Da’Rick admitted his problem and accepted responsibility for it (“it was about me being a young, immature guy and those are things that I’ve got to work on”). Kind of refreshing to see a young guy like that acknowledge that HE is the one that screwed up and HE has to do something about it, instead of blaming his upbringing or his friends or some other outside influence. I applaud him. Hope he now acts on his admission. Good luck to him.

  4. going4iton4th says: Aug 28, 2012 7:06 PM

    I’d echo the same sentiments Ben said in the article. Da’Rick can either make the right choices (I.e. getting help, counseling, spiritual guidance) and move in a positive direction or go down the path he chose that lead to the suspension. It’s a shame it had to come to him getting kicked off the team but there are consequences for everything we do in life. The only shame of it all for the fans is Da’Rick could have been a part of something special and perhaps punched a ticket to the NFL in the end. Everyone is always all about second chances in life—hopefully Da’Rick makes the most of his opportunity at Tennessee Tech and fixes the issues he currently suffers from.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Aug 28, 2012 11:13 PM

    Well if he is for real, he can still punch his ticket. His talent and skill level will still improve and he will still be looked at.

    I’m just wondering though, how just after recently failing his last drug test, he was able to come to such an open and honest conclusion regarding his life and what direction he needs to go.

    I’m only hoping that those are his own words and not someone else telling him what he should say to get in good graces.

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