August 23, 2012
UT WR D. Rogers suspended 'indefinitely'
Tennessee junior wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, a 2012 Pre-Season All-Southeastern Conference selection, has been suspended indefinitely.
A Calhoun, Ga., native who had drawn consistent praise throughout pre-season camp from coach Derek Dooley, Rogers was not on the practice field Thursday morning nor was he listed on the Volunteers' two-deep depth chart.
According to a release from UT noting the depth chart, Rogers has been "suspended indefinitely because of a violation of team rules. His status for the remainder of the season is yet to be determined."
Dooley will further address Rogers' suspension and ongoing status following the Vols' practice this morning; Tennessee began its N.C. State game week preparations today on Haslam Field. The Vols face the Wolfpack Aug. 31 inside the Georgia Dome.
During an radio interview Sunday evening, Dooley said he would be hard-pressed to have asked and gotten anything more from Rogers during this pre-season camp. He noted that Rogers seemed to have matured, a sentiment Rogers himself echoed to VolQuest.com this week as he discussed his conversations with new UT NFL coordinator Bill Baker.
"I have visited with him a few times. He really helps with what the NFL scouts want to see from you," Rogers said." He makes sure you aren't doing anything wrong with agents and that we are staying away from those guys so that we are all good.
"It always helps (to get advice) especially when it's from someone and that's their only job. That's what they do. It really means a lot because he was in the league for so long so if he's telling you that's what you have to do then that's what you have got to do. So he has helped a lot."
A 6-foot-3, 206-pounder, Rogers has appeared in all 25 games since he signed with the Vols and amassed 78 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. Rogers led the SEC in 2011 with 67 catches and his 1,040 receiving yards were second.
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