04/29/2013 - Da'Rick Rogers was the 12th-ranked wide receiver and No. 95 player in the draft. That was based on his talent and potential, according to NFLDraftScout.com. But 254 picks, the entire expanse of the 2013 draft, were made without Rogers being selected. It was a kick in the chin for Rogers, 21, who is still paying for missteps that raised character red flags.
In August, Rogers was the 47th-ranked prospect potentially available for the '13 draft. He plummeted when Tennessee kicked him out of the program before the start of the season for repeated failed drug tests. Rogers was forthright at the Scouting Combine about marijuana use and the Knoxville bar fight that led to his arrest. His time at Tennessee Tech -- one season, 10 touchdowns and a 303-yard game at Southeast Missouri -- had little value for NFL scouts who don't question his rare ability. The Buffalo Bills offer a potential perfect situation for Rogers to rehab his reputation and earn a second contract in the NFL before his 24th birthday.
The franchise has a history of resurrecting overlooked or bypassed talent. No. 1 receiver Stevie Johnson was a seventh-round pick, and starting running back Fred Jackson went undrafted. Until March, Ryan Fitzpatrick (seventh round, 2005) was Buffalo's starting quarterback. Rogers can find redemption with the Bills, but first he has to prove he's ready to act the part of a professional. At 6-3, 217 with 4.5 speed and a 39-inch vertical, he looks the part. Will he act the part, too? - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
04/29/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 2. WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech (6-3, 217, 4.52)...Once considered a first-round prospect, Rogers led the SEC in catches in 2011 at Tennessee but was dismissed from the program before the 2012 season due to multiple failed drug tests and issues with the coaching staff. He wound up at Tennessee Tech, was productive at the FCS level in 2012 and kept his nose clean, but the damage was already done. Considered a first-round talent by some, the talent wasn't enough to overlook the maturity concerns. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: Wide Receiver: Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech, 6-3, 217, 4.50...In terms of physical talent, Rogers might just be the best wide receiver in this draft class. The number of mishaps he had at Tennessee which led to his abrupt dismissal by then-head coach Derek Dooley and Rogers' transfer to Tennessee Tech is the reason he'll slide on draft day. Boasting a superb combination of size, athleticism and toughness, Rogers can be a Pro Bowler if he is committed to the game. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/28/2013 - 2013 Tennessee Pro Day: All 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Wednesday's pro day at the University of Tennessee, where wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray were the big attractions. Da'Rick Rogers, a 6-2 5/8-inch, 219-pound wide receiver who went to Tennessee, then transferred to Tenn Tech, did 38 in the vertical, kept the rest of his numbers from the combine, and caught the ball well. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/27/2013 - 02/27/13 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 5. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech...Scouts left the combine buzzing about the upside of former Tennessee wideouts Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, but Rogers could prove the biggest winner of the former Tennessee pass-catchers. Despite measuring in at 6-2, 217 pounds, Rogers ran well (4.52 seconds) and finished among the top performers at the position in virtually every other athletic drill, including top five marks in the broad jump (11 feet) and short shuttle (4.06 seconds). Most importantly, he took ownership for the mistakes he'd made in Knoxville which led to his transfer to Tennessee Tech. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: 9. (tie) Da'Rick Rogers passed a whole lot of tests. The former blue-chip WR, who had all sorts of issues at Tennessee before finally getting booted and ended up at Tennessee Tech, told me he was drug tested 10 times while at Tech and says he came up clean each time. At 6-2, 217 and clocking a 4.52 40 with a 39.5-inch vertical, Rogers has the measurables to turn heads, but he's had a litany of problems that included positive drug tests and clashes with coaches at UT. Asked why he bombed out in Knoxville, Rogers said, "Simple. I was immature. I had to take full responsibility, look in the mirror at who I was and what I was doing wrong. I did those things when I went to Tennessee Tech, and it humbled me a lot.
"I play with an edge, and I had to learn to control that edge off the field also. I had to learn how to fix my flaws, and life got easier." Has he really learned, though? A source told me that Rogers's attitude bothered some of his coaches at Tech, too, and they were skeptical about just how much he really had matured. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/22/2013 - Rogers faced a constant onslaught of questions about his past and didn't offer up a single excuse. While all prospects are coached-up by their agents for the combine sessions with the media and team interviews, there was an air of sincerity to Rogers. He spoke with humilty and didn't dodge a single difficult question. Rogers knows he damaged his own reputation, cost himself draft position and money, and doesn't place the blame on anyone else. And he doesn't expect anyone to simply forgive his transgressions and draft him solely on his physical skills.
"I did it to myself. You have to accept responsibility for what you did and move forward," said Rogers, who added that he passed 10 drug tests while at Tennessee Tech. "All I can do is come in, work hard and get my foot in the door." Rogers believes he's among the most physically gifted wide receivers in this draft and expects to run "in the low 4.4s" in the 40-yard dash this weekend. "I'm gonna be fast. Let me put it like that," he said. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
02/22/2013 - At 6-feet-2 and 203 pounds with excellent leaping ability and ball skills, Da'Rick Rogers is arguably the most physically gifted wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft. He's often compared to Atlanta Falcons star wideout Julio Jones for his combination of size, strength and explosiveness. However, Rogers entered the scouting combine as the No. 11-rated wide receiver in this year's class by NFLDraftScout.com. The first-round talent is trying to recoup his draft stock that plummeted after three failed drug tests got him booted from the Tennessee football program last summer.
Rogers landed at Tennessee Tech, where he predictably dominated the lower level of competition, hauling in 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. Still, lighting up FCS defenses hardly erased the stigma created by his troubles in Knoxville. "I take full responsibility," Rogers said of his exit from the Vols' program. "It was immaturity. I play with an edge, and I needed to learn how to handle that edge off the field as well." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Next question: Just like any interview you may have gone through, the players invited to the Combine are there to try to get a job. They have to impress their potential employers with intelligence and dedication. Each NFL team is allowed 60 formal player interviews. Each interview can last up to 15 minutes. The topics of conversation can fluctuate wildly from team to team and from player to player.
While Tennessee boasts two of the top wide receivers in this draft class with Patterson and Justin Hunter, it could have been three. Da'Rick Rogers was part of the Volunteers' football program until his dismissal this past August due to numerous off-field incidents and run-ins with the coaching staff. He transferred to Tennessee Tech and kept his nose clean this past season, but he'll need to prove to teams that he won't be a headache at the next level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/14/2012 - Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers will bypass his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. The university announced Rogers' decision Wednesday. Rogers caught 61 passes for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns in his lone season at Tennessee Tech. The 6-foot-3 junior caught 18 passes for 303 yards in a 41-38 double-overtime loss to Southeast Missouri State to set school records in both categories. Rogers had 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns for Tennessee in 2011 to earn all-Southeastern Conference honors. He transferred to Tennessee Tech after Tennessee suspended him. Rogers said positive drug tests caused his suspension. - AP Sports
11/10/2012 - Tennessee-Martin's Jeremy Butler scored the potential tying touchdown in overtime, but James Satterfield fumbled on the two-point conversion attempt to hand Tennessee Tech a 45-44 upset victory on Saturday. Tennessee Tech's Doug Page had scored from the 2, and Zach Sharp kicked the PAT for a 45-38 advantage in overtime. Tennessee Tech (3-7, 1-6 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to tie the game, including Darian Stone's 79-yard TD pass to Ryan Tilghman with a minute remaining in regulation. Tennessee-Martin (7-2, 5-2) tied the game with 6 seconds left in regulation on Derek Carr's 46-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson. Darian Stone passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 190 yards for Tennessee Tech, and Tilghman caught three passes for 123 yards and the long TD. Carr passed for 422 yards and four touchdowns for UT-Martin. - AP Sports
09/25/2012 - SEPT 24 OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Jr., 6-3, 206, Calhoun, Ga., Tennessee Tech...Rogers caught a school record 18 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee Tech's heartbreaking 41-38 double overtime loss at Southeast Missouri on Saturday. The junior transfer from Tennessee set Tennessee Tech records for catches, yards and all-purpose yards during the game. His 18 catches were three off the OVC record while the 303 yards was 13 yards shy of the OVC all-time mark. The 303 receiving yards is tied for the most at any NCAA level of football in 2012. Rogers caught a 38-yard touchdown in the first quarter and added an 11-yard score in the second quarter. Overall he averaged 16.83 yards/catch on the night. Rogers, who also won the Newcomer of the week honor in Week 1 of the season, ranks fifth nationally in receiving yards/game (127.75) and 15th in receptions/game (7.25). Others Nominated: Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois; Jordan Benton, Murray State; A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State; Jeremy Butler, UT Martin. - OVC football
09/22/2012 - Drew Geldbach booted a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime as Southeast Missouri earned a wild 41-38 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night. Geldbach's kick came after Southeast Missouri (2-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley) tied it at 38 in the first overtime on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Scott Lathrop to D.J. Foster. Those two accounted for all of their team's passing yardage -- 101 on 7 completions. Tennessee Tech (2-2, 0-1) scored first in overtime on a 3-yard run by quarterback Tre Lamb. Lamb completed 38 of 57 passes for 481 yards and 3 TDs, and Da'Rick Rogers caught 18 passes for 303 yards and 2 TDs. Southeast Missouri's Branden Spann returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. - AP Sports
09/17/2012 - Week 3 Rewind: Da'Rick Rodgers may generate less headlines playing for Tennessee Tech than the Tennessee Volunteers but it hasn't been lost on NFL scouts that the former First Team All-SEC wideout has continued his playmaking ways for the Golden Eagles. Rodgers, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 rated receiver for the 2013 draft, caught his third touchdown in as many games for Tech, giving the Golden Eagles a brief 7-0 lead in Eugene against the No. 4 rated Oregon Ducks. Rodgers' score demonstrated precisely the traits that scouts love about his game. The Ducks appeared to be in good position to handle the screen pass in which Rodgers scored. Oregon was playing off Rodgers, who pushed the corner deep before turning back to quickly secure the pass. Rodgers turned, advanced quickly for the handful of yards the play's design had created but then exploded to his right, going against the grain across the entire field to wiggle his way down the right sideline. Along the way Rodgers stutter-stepped twice to shake would-be tacklers and accelerated past a potential blocker to simply out-run two Oregon defensive backs who'd misjudged their angle in deep pursuit. It was Rodgers' only big play of the day; he finished with just two more catches for another 15 yards, but demonstrated against yet another athletic secondary to be a true difference-maker. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/07/2012 - The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagle football team rolled to its second consecutive win Thursday evening, defeating the North Greenville Crusaders 42-14. The victory earned the Golden Eagles a spot atop every other Division I football program as the only two-win team in the nation. The 2-0 start was the first for the Golden Eagles since 1989 and marked just the fourth time since 1980. The Golden Eagle attack was led by a pair of familiar faces in senior quarterback Tre Lamb and senior running back Adam Urbano. Tech piled up over 450 yards for the second straight week, with 122 contributed by Urbano on the ground and 274 from Lamb through the air. Junior receiver Da'Rick Rogers came up huge in the passing game in the first half, grabbing 5 balls for 88 yards and a touchdown. The performance outweighed last week's numbers that earned him OVC co-Newcomer of the Week. - Tennessee Tech football
09/02/2012 - OHIO VALLEY FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SEPT 2 CO-NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Jr., 6-3, 205, Calhoun, Ga., Tennessee Tech...In his Tennessee Tech debut Rogers, the transfer from Tennessee who joined the team just days before the game, caught three passes for 75 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown with four seconds to play in the first half. That touchdown was setup by his 52-yard catch earlier in the same drive. The score put Tennessee Tech up 24-7 in a game it would go on to win 41-31. Others Nominated: LeQuince McCall, Eastern Illinois; Darian Yahyavi, Murray State; Scott Lathrop, Southeast Missouri; A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State. - OVC football
08/31/2012 - To say it's been a whirlwind week for Da'Rick Rogers is an understatement along the lines of saying that Jerry Rice was a good wide receiver. If Rogers winds up one day where Rice did for nearly two decades -- catching passes for pay and setting lots of records in the National Football League -- he might have some old friends from his newest program to thank. The former All-Southeastern Conference performer at Tennessee had an instant impact in his first game for Tennessee Tech on Thursday night, catching three passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Golden Eagles' 41-31 victory over Hampton. "You've got to give him respect for being an All-SEC player," Hampton strong safety Carvin Johnson said. "He can make plays." Rogers drew an indefinite suspension from Volunteers coach Derek Dooley a week ago after failing multiple drug tests. By Sunday, he was visiting high school teammates Tre Lamb and Adam Urbano, who just happen to be Tennessee Tech's quarterback and running back, respectively. "Everyone reached out to me, but when I came up Sunday and they reached out to me, I decided later that day I was coming here," Rogers said. Before that was official, though, Rogers walked into the office of his new coach, Watson Brown. "He told me that he doesn't take in guys from other programs," Rogers said, "and that he talked to the seniors on this team. When he said they would accept me, that gave me a lot of motivation. You want to play well for them." Playing well hasn't been a problem for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound junior, who could be an NFL team's top receiver in a few years if he can combine his on-field talent with better off-field decisions. - Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
08/31/2012 - Last year, Rogers caught 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns despite being the only consistent big-play threat for a 5-7 Tennessee team. But his behavior was an issue throughout his time in Knoxville. He was arrested for his role in a brawl involving multiple teammates during his freshman season. CBSSports.com reported on Tuesday that Rogers further irritated Dooley with a "complete meltdown" after a season-ending 10-7 loss last year at Kentucky. Forthright about the circumstances that led him to Tennessee Tech, Rogers said he has reflected on his choices. "I just have to look deep into myself," he said, looking his questioner straight in the eye. "I plan to build, grow and mature as a person." Rogers said on Tuesday that he plans to finish his last two seasons at Tennessee Tech but equivocated on those plans after the Hampton game. "I'm just committed one day, one week at a time right now," he said. "All I'm worrying about now is the North Greenville game next Thursday." That Rogers is playing in front of 10,000 fans now instead of 100,000 doesn't matter. He's still playing, and for that, he can thank old friends and an old coach. "He's a playmaker we need," Brown said. - Bucky Dent, The Sports Xchange
08/31/2012 - Tennessee Tech dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage Thursday night in Tucker Stadium, posting a season-opening 41-31 non-conference victory over Hampton. The game saw highly touted Tennessee transfer Da'Rick Rogers make an impact to an already-potent Tennessee Tech offense. Rogers caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown from Tre Lamb with 4.6 seconds left in the first half that gave the Golden Eagles a 31-7 halftime lead. Rogers joined the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions' program less than a week ago after being dismissed from Tennessee for failing multiple drug tests. After being outgained 384-80 in the first half, Hampton bought itself a chance with great third-quarter work in the kicking game. Jorrian Washington returned the second half's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and Taurean Durham kicked a 40-yard field goal at the 8:45 mark to make it 31-17. The Pirates drew within 31-24 on Jeremiah Schwartz's 1-yard plunge with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter. That score came three plays after the Golden Eagles' Zack Ziegler couldn't corral Jordan Stovall's towering 45-yard punt, fumbling it to Washington at the 5. But Tennessee Tech promptly ripped off a 76-yard touchdown drive -- its fifth scoring march of 75 yards or more -- to take a 38-24 advantage on Page's 9-yard pass to Ziegler. Zach Sharp tacked on a 25-yard field goal with 9:26 left to push the lead back to 17 points. Hampton, at times bogged down by an inconsistent offense during last year's 7-4 season, managed just 80 first-half yards -- 75 of which came on its only touchdown drive. It didn't manage a first down until early in the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2012 - Highly touted transfer Da'Rick Rogers aided an already potent Tennessee Tech offense, helping the Golden Eagles to a 41-31 victory over Hampton in their opener on Thursday. Rogers caught three passes for 75 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown from Tre Lamb with 4.6 seconds left in the first half that gave the Golden Eagles a commanding 31-7 halftime lead. Rogers joined the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions' program less than a week ago after being dismissed from the Tennessee program for failing multiple drug tests. "You don't want to let these guys down after they accepted you as part of the team," Rogers said. After being outgained 384-80 in the first half, Hampton got itself back in the contest with great work in the kicking game. Jorrian Washington returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, followed by Taurean Durham's 40-yard field goal at the 8:45 mark to make it 31-17. The Pirates then drew within 31-24 on Jeremiah Schwartz's 1-yard plunge with 3:42 remaining. That score came three plays after Tech's Zack Ziegler couldn't corral Jordan Stovall's towering 45-yard punt, with Keith McAfee recovering Ziegler's fumble at the 5. "We feel special teams are a big part of the game," Hampton coach Donovan Rose said. "I'm proud of the guys for fighting back and having a chance to win in the fourth quarter." "I knew we had it in us," Washington said of the comeback. - The Sports Xchange
08/31/2012 - Da'Rick Rogers was one of the crown jewels in Derek Dooley's first, hastily assembled recruiting class after Dooley arrived on Rocky Top in late January of 2010. After two seasons filled with dynamic plays and drama, the talented wide receiver Rogers is finished with the Vols. Dooley suspended Rogers indefinitely from the team last week, stating he found it unlikely Rogers would see the field at any point during the 2012 season. On Monday, Dooley confirmed that Rogers is no longer with the program, amid reports Rogers would be transferring to Tennessee Tech, an FCS school. It's become the dominant storyline as the Vols wrap preparations for Friday night's opener against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome, the first step in what's largely seen as a make-or-break year for Dooley. In terms of on-field production, Rogers' exit is a huge blow. Rogers led the SEC in with 67 catches and 1,040 receiving yards last season, becoming the sixth Volunteer to amass quadruple-digit receiving yards in a single season. In terms of chemistry and locker-room harmony, Rogers' exit might be a good thing. He skipped several workouts with teammates this offseason and was rumored to have a few run-ins with former receivers coach Charlie Baggett, who retired late last year. "We were going to throw it, whether we have experience or not," Dooley told reporters on Monday. "We like our guys, so that's not going to change our plan." - The Sports Xchange
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee...Rogers, from Calhoun, Ga., was a first team AP All-SEC team and a second team selection on the All-SEC Coaches team in 2011 after leading the conference with 67 receptions and ranking second with 1.040 yards receiving while also recording nine receiving touchdowns. In 25 career games at UT, including 12 starts, Rogers has caught 78 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. - Tennessee football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): WR Da'Rick Rogers (106), Tennessee, Jr...Rogers, from Calhoun, Ga., was a first team AP All-SEC team and a second team selection on the All-SEC Coaches team in 2011 after leading the conference with 67 receptions and ranking second with 1.040 yards receiving while also recording nine receiving touchdowns. In 25 career games at UT, including 12 starts, Rogers has caught 78 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. - Tennessee football
07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Rogers, from Calhoun, Ga., was a first team AP All-SEC team and a second team selection on the All-SEC Coaches team in 2011 after leading the conference with 1,040 yards receiving and finishing second in the league with both 67 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns. - Tennessee football
07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee, WR, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. Rogers, from Calhoun, Ga., was named to the first team of the Associated Press All-SEC team in 2011 after leading the conference with 1,040 yards receiving and finishing second in the league with both 67 receptions and nine receiving touchdowns. In 25 career games at UT, including 12 starts, Rogers has caught 78 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. - Tennessee football