|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 196 | College: Auburn|
Positives Well-built, strong athlete with good overall muscle tone, broad shoulders, thick chest, long, muscular arms, good bubble and a V-shaped torso Physical and tough player who takes well to hard coaching Showed great improvement in his play in 2004, as he no longer seemed hesitant in his reactionary skills or afraid of giving up the big play
Shows good acceleration to the ball and looks comfortable playing the wide corner position in a Cover-2 scheme, where he can sit and read underneath round and break downhill He has exceptional timed speed, but sometimes it does not translate to the field (takes extra steps in transition) Has adequate body control to make adjustments on the move and shows urgency getting into position to defend the ball Has the strength to challenge and press receivers at the line of scrimmage Shows the speed to run and recover on deep routes Does a good job of maintaining hand placement to reroute receivers and has the change of direction agility to stay on his man's hips, even when they execute double moves Displayed better hand usage around the line of scrimmage in 2004, getting good leverage when he utilized his hands to stack and control More of a drag-down type of tackler, but stays low in his pads and takes better angles to the ball than he did earlier in his career.
Negatives Showed much more confidence in his athletic ability in 2004, but in the past he would struggle in off coverage and give up too much cushion on the ball. It looked like he was hesitant to give up the big play Has improved his work habits, but will do his "own thing" at times and needs to work in a structured environment to get the best out of his skills Played mostly in man coverage in 2004 and had good success there, but still does not show a good feel to anticipate routes and is late on his turn when he peeks into the backfield too long Has the speed to run with the receivers, but shuffles his feet too much through routes and lacks ideal hip snap to turn and run in transition Can locate the receivers in front of him in zone coverage, but gets up on his heels too much Not a fan of run support, as he gets tied up by combo blocks and gets soft when he has to face up to the offensive linemen Lunges and leaves his feet too much when making open field tackles The staff calls him a "coach on the field," but he has only adequate field awareness, shows stiffness in his turns, still allows too much separation and needs several reps to retain plays His Wonderlic score and spending a season at Hargrave Academy is evidence that he is still a work in progress as far as field intelligence goes Strictly a boom or bust type that may be better served in a Cover-2 system.
Started twelve games Sat out the Arkansas clash after he suffered a left thumb fracture the previous week vs. Tennessee, undergoing surgery in late October and played in several games with a cast on his hand Finished with 29 tackles (17 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage Recovered a fumble and deflected nine passes Also had an interception.
2003 GAME Analysis
Southern California Began the season with 5 tackles (3 solos) and a pass break-up.
Tennessee Deflected two passes and posted 4 tackles (3 solos) with an interception before fracturing his thumb.
Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Louisiana State and Georgia Made a pair of tackles in each game.
Mississippi Added four tackles (2 solos).
Alabama Recovered a fumble and made another four hits while also deflecting a pass.
Wisconsin (Music City Bowl) Credited with 3 tackles (2 solos) and four pass break-ups.
Started nine contests, collecting 48 tackles (34 solos) with two stops for losses of 2 yards, nine pass deflections and four interceptions for 48 yards in returns.
2002 GAME ANALYSIS
Southern California Posted 7 tackles (3 solos) in the season opener.
Vanderbilt, Florida and Mississippi State Added six tackles in each game.
Syracuse Intercepted two passes, returning one 35 yards and was in on two tackles.
Mississippi Returned an interception 13 yards and had five solo tackles.
Georgia Batted away two passes and collected four solo stops.
Alabama Added an interception and four solo tackles.
Penn State (Capital One Bowl) Did not make a tackle, but deflected one pass.
Named to The Sporting News Freshman All-American second-team Member of the All-SEC freshman team Finished fourth on the team with a career-high 58 tackles (46 solos) Recovered a fumble and led the team with twelve pass deflections.
2001 GAME ANALYSIS
Mississippi Batted away two passes and delivered 5 tackles (4 solos).
Mississippi State Registered a career-high 10 tackles (8 solos) and deflected two passes.
Florida Followed with five solo tackles.
Georgia Made 7 tackles (5 solos) and knocked down two passes.
Alabama Credited with three pass deflections and 9 tackles (8 solos).
Louisiana State (SEC Championship) Delivered 8 tackles (7 solos) and two pass break-ups.
North Carolina (Peach Bowl) Finished the year with 6 tackles (5 solos).
Attended Hargrave Military Academy to improve his academics.
2001: Underwent surgery on Nov. 12 to repair torn ligaments in his right thumb.
2003: Sat out the Arkansas game after he fractured his left thumb in the Tennessee game. Had surgery in October and returned to play with a cast on his hand in several games.
Sociology major Son of Linda and David Rogers Born 7/02/81 Resides in Hephzibah, Georgia.
4.42 in the 40-yard dash 300-pound bench press 275-pound power clean 38.5-inch vertical jump 10'9" broad jump 4.06 20-yard shuttle 31 -inch arm length 8 -inch hands Right-handed 11/22 Wonderlic score.
Attended Butler (Augusta, Ga.) High School, playing football for coach David Land
Two-way player who rushed for 1,332 yards and eleven touchdowns as a senior Also had 47 tackles and two interceptions that year As a junior, he ran for 1,224 yards and scored eleven times Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-Region, Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Georgia 75", All-State honorable mention, Augusta Chronicle All-Area and All-Metro choice Selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game and the Georgia-Florida All-Star game Also played basketball and averaged 14.2 points per game from point guard position as a senior and 13.8 points as a junior Lettered in track and posted top times of 10.7 in the 100-meter and 21.0 in the 200-meter dashes.