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Ex-Vol Da’Rick Rogers jumping into NFL draft pool

Da'Rick Rogers, Josh Coleman, Kweku Arkorful AP

Da’-da-da, Da’-da-done, at least as far as the collegiate level is concerned.

(Writer’s note: don’t worry, I groaned typing that as much or more than you did reading it.  Let’s all just move on and pretend like it never happened.)

One of the most naturally-gifted wide receivers in the country, Da’Rick Rogers saw his roller coaster ride — to be kind — at Tennessee come to an official end in late August due to what the player himself later admitted was failed drug tests.

After transferring to Tennessee Tech and getting his on-field house in order, Rogers caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012 for the FCS program.  Not so unexpectedly, that will be Rogers’ final season at Tech as the school announced Wednesday that the receiver has decided to bypass his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL draft.

In what turned out to be his last season with the Vols in 2011, Rogers led the team in receptions (67), receiving yards (1,040) and receiving touchdowns (nine).  Following that breakout year, the former five-star recruit’s future with the Vols was up in the air in early December of 2011… and still up in the air in March of this year… and indefinitely suspended in August.

How Rogers’ “uneven” past– again, to be kind — will impact his future draft status is one of the great unknowns in the player’s leap to the NFL.

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3 Responses to “Ex-Vol Da’Rick Rogers jumping into NFL draft pool”
  1. v2the4 says: Dec 13, 2012 10:31 AM

    DaRick, you are a hell of a talent…If uTenn had you this year to go along with Bray and Patterson, then Derek Dooley would still be the head coach and getting prepared for a bowl game

    son, you have a lot to lose…your love for trees, green leaf, guncha or plain old weed need to comes to end….you are about to make a bunch of money as long as you can keep yourself clean, and if you think you had a lot of drug test in Knoxville, wait until you make the nfl, where you can have 4 test a month if they want to test you.

    dont blow your opportunity please.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Dec 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    v2the4 says:
    Dec 13, 2012 10:31 AM
    DaRick, you are a hell of a talent…If uTenn had you this year to go along with Bray and Patterson, then Derek Dooley would still be the head coach and getting prepared for a bowl game
    ——–

    Didn’t Patterson basically just pick up Rogers spot on the other side of Justin Hunter (plus kick returns, etc)?

    The offense at UT was not the glaring problem this year-the “whoopsee” defense was. When an offense knows they are basically going to have to score 40 to even have a chance at winning, there is a problem.

  3. fnc111 says: Dec 13, 2012 2:01 PM

    Undrafted will teach him to stop doing drugs.

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