Rogers has torn ACL, out for season

Tennessee wide receiver Austin Rogers will miss the 2009 season with a torn knee ligament suffered last week during voluntary workouts.

According to head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh, Rogers tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Friday. Rogers is expected to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

That injury could prove career-ending for the fifth-year senior.

Rogers could appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. Without a successful appeal, Rogers' career with the Vols would be over. Any appeal would likely come after Tennessee's season ends.

Rogers, who has started 19 games but slid to second team on UT's post-spring depth chart, was awarded a medical redshirt in 2006, when he suffered a shoulder injury and mononucleosis prevented his return to the lineup. He played in three games that season, including his first career start against Air Force.

The Vols' recent history is mixed when it comes to extending the NCAA's five-year eligibility clock.

Last season, cornerback Antonio Gaines was granted a sixth year, after a high school knee injury forced him to miss his freshman year in 2003. As a fifth-year senior in 2007, he started the Vols' first two games before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Southern Miss.

Also in 2007, tight end Brad Cottam appealed for a sixth year of eligibility after breaking his wrist during the Vols' final preseason scrimmage. After his appeal for an extra year was denied, he played in UT's final five games of the season before being drafted in the third round by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rogers' chances for a sixth year could be bolstered by the fact he will miss the upcoming season, unlike Cottam, who redshirted as a true freshman and never missed a full season despite undergoing five surgeries which cost him significant playing time.

Rogers is the second UT player to suffer a season-ending injury this offseason. Last month, true freshman tailback Toney Williams also tore his ACL during voluntary workouts.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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DancingOutlaw writes:

oh great. who will drop all his passes for him now?

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Are you a Dancer? You better go back and get my costly shades! Go Vols and good luck to Austin!

Major_Magilicutty writes:

That sucks man! I really hate it for Austin..in his senior season no less.

VolGraduate writes:

really good athlete. he did well for us. sucks he got hurt. maybe his bro can fill the void....just not on third down :)

ALL_VOL75 writes:

Say what you will, but Austin is a GREAT guy and played hard EVERY down for Tennessee. Maybe not the greatest catcher of all time but he wasn't afraid to go across the middle and anytime Foster made it through the line of scrimmage Austin was a great blocker. JMO

GOVOLS123 writes:

A day late on the info. He tore it on friday

agohn writes:

All you armchair wide receivers out there sure seem to think Austin Rogers does nothing except drop passes. Sure he has...but do you old posters out there think you could do better? I know I wouldn't want to cross the middle like he does game in and game out against the best defenses in the country. So...Why don't you all give the kid a break and wish him a speedy recovery instead of berating him for dropping some passes. I seem to remember some of the games he has caught some key TD passes to help win the game...like Kentucky in 2007.

tnvol981 writes:

Im am and will always be a TENNESSEE fan. Some of the people that post on this site make me ashamed that i am a fan of the same team. This is bad news for a good young man. I can not believe that idiots would use this site to berate an injured player. You have every right to voice an opinion when ask, but to use this news to kick a player when he is down, is unexcuseable. YOU ARE NOT a true fan just an immature idiot. PLEASE go root for florida or another team. We dont need your so called loyalty in orange and white.

kevin151 writes:

Hope he gets better, but this makes UT better.

rockytop#413695 writes:

Really sad for Austin. I know one of the things he really wanted to do was play with his brother. Say what you will, he was a solid receiver and could have really helped the younger receivers. Hope he can have a full recover and get the extra year from the NCAA.

rockytop#413695 writes:

in response to kevin151:

Hope he gets better, but this makes UT better.

Just how the H_ll does this make UT better? How could losing one of your probable starters make you better? You are a moron!

tnboystuckinkentucky writes:

I think after the spring game that Hancock and Jones will be starting @ receiver. Now, we'll have to move Richardson and Teague into the mix a little sooner than expected. Trial by fire never hurt anyone. Anyone else agree or have differing opinions?

navyvolinva writes:

Anyone remember that quarterback we signed named Casey Kelly?..He signed with the Boston Red Sox. How good was he in high School?

ColeTrickle writes:

so Eric Berry might play a little wide reciever ehh, well that could be very interesting....

The Offense is a huge concern....Word is Denarius Moore is walking around with a big black boot on one of his feet. Tennessee could be a very thin at reciever this year as well as the O linemen. Maples is gone and we missed out and a few recievers in last years class. I understand that Kiffin only wants the best players but I am beginning to wonder if we will have enough bodies to have 11 starters on offense. If we get bombarded with injuries then we are in serious trouble especially the linemen. I guess we could revert back to the single wing with our depth at RB. like Kiffin said, after all the offense is stuck in the 60's.

the real concern is the QB situation at UT isnt all that appealing to QB prospects. the proof is in the puddin- we are 0-6 on QB offers. as (I know this sounds negative but it is true) we cant even land a 3 star QB in a weak recruiting class, WTF????

RichmondVol42 writes:

Who's going to catch Crompton's bounce passes on third down now?

Sucks for Austin.

td10usee writes:

Good luck to Austin. Maybe he can come back next year. Every receiver drops some passes. I remember him best for some clutch passes he caught and tough running into the end zone. His TD against KY in the OT game kept us in the game and led to the SECEC that year. You arm chair QBs are just negative nellies when it comes to our players. You are probably the same people who sent death threats to Crompton and criticize Arian Foster who is one of the leading ground gainers in UT history. Get a life.

volboy81 writes:

in response to DancingOutlaw:

oh great. who will drop all his passes for him now?

how can he drop passes when they cant get one TO him???

Go4Two writes:

Hate to see anyone suffer a knee injury.

tnvol981 writes:

in response to smokeydog:

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I agree 100% with Smokey. Those who would use this site to berate an injured player,are not true fans. Austin has given a lot of himself to this football team. He was improving in a system that better suited his talents. How many recievers catch 100% of passes thrown low or behind them. I am now and will always be a TENNESSEE fan. Sometimes i am ashamed to know i am a fan of the same team as some of these idiots. If your not a TRUE fan, then you dont belong with the Orange and White. Move away and root for another team. WE dont need you kind here!

TommyJack writes:

Rogers works hard and comes to play. Every game. Lay-off.

ALL_VOL75 writes:

in response to tnboystuckinkentucky:

I think after the spring game that Hancock and Jones will be starting @ receiver. Now, we'll have to move Richardson and Teague into the mix a little sooner than expected. Trial by fire never hurt anyone. Anyone else agree or have differing opinions?

Also would look for Brandon Warren to have a big year!

Volunatic writes:

Sorry to hear about that. Austin always gave a lot of effort.
He's not destined for the NFL, but he's a Vol through and through.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Volunatic writes:

in response to smokeydog:

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Well said. It's kind of depressing to think that some of these people root for the same team I do.

Volunatic writes:

in response to ColeTrickle:

so Eric Berry might play a little wide reciever ehh, well that could be very interesting....

The Offense is a huge concern....Word is Denarius Moore is walking around with a big black boot on one of his feet. Tennessee could be a very thin at reciever this year as well as the O linemen. Maples is gone and we missed out and a few recievers in last years class. I understand that Kiffin only wants the best players but I am beginning to wonder if we will have enough bodies to have 11 starters on offense. If we get bombarded with injuries then we are in serious trouble especially the linemen. I guess we could revert back to the single wing with our depth at RB. like Kiffin said, after all the offense is stuck in the 60's.

the real concern is the QB situation at UT isnt all that appealing to QB prospects. the proof is in the puddin- we are 0-6 on QB offers. as (I know this sounds negative but it is true) we cant even land a 3 star QB in a weak recruiting class, WTF????

That is bad news about Denarius Moore-- hopefully it is nothing terribly serious.
You did neglect to mention another receiver on the squad, though-- Brandon Warren. I have a feeling he will have a really good season.

Phowell23 writes:

in response to ColeTrickle:

so Eric Berry might play a little wide reciever ehh, well that could be very interesting....

The Offense is a huge concern....Word is Denarius Moore is walking around with a big black boot on one of his feet. Tennessee could be a very thin at reciever this year as well as the O linemen. Maples is gone and we missed out and a few recievers in last years class. I understand that Kiffin only wants the best players but I am beginning to wonder if we will have enough bodies to have 11 starters on offense. If we get bombarded with injuries then we are in serious trouble especially the linemen. I guess we could revert back to the single wing with our depth at RB. like Kiffin said, after all the offense is stuck in the 60's.

the real concern is the QB situation at UT isnt all that appealing to QB prospects. the proof is in the puddin- we are 0-6 on QB offers. as (I know this sounds negative but it is true) we cant even land a 3 star QB in a weak recruiting class, WTF????

Maybe I have orange colored glasses on but I'm not too concerned about the WR position. We have Warren who is being converted to a receiver from his TE position last year, so that's an extra WR, and after the few passes they threw to him had very positive results, I can't wait to see him out there lining up in the WR position. I was afraid that Warren wouldn't get enough attention this year but it looks like he has the potential to get a lot of looks now of Rodger's injury. Jones and Hancock are very good WR's, plus we have a few spectacular freshmen WR athletes that can help on day 1 and will thrive with some experience next year.

It sucks that Rodger's may miss out this year but the NCAA should give him another year to play so he can come back and hit the ground running next year. In the mean time in the WR position, we'll be fine. Rodger's can still help his teammates with senior leadership on the sidelines and in the locker room.

ALL_VOL75 writes:

BTW Zach Rodgers is crazy fast, has great hands, and is taller than Austin. He needs to gain some weight but he will be fun to watch as a soph.

DancingOutlaw writes:

rogers was targeted 39 times last year. he caught 14 balls. that is all i'm saying. i'm sure there are some skip passes in those targets. i think it's ridiculous that people get on here and say how can you bad mouth a player. do you clap when your kid makes an F in school? i'm not throwing beer bottles at him i'm just saying he dropped a good amount of balls. that is a fact not an opinion. he is probably a nice guy but that doesn't win games.

bmvolfan writes:

Does anyone remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqLVX8...

He kept going without his helmet! Seems pretty tough to me.

kevin151 writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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1. This guy could never get open vs. Forida or Georigia. He would get locked up in man coverage probably even by Florida linebackers!

2. He would probably drop the pass if he was near it.

You have got top be kidding me if you really miss Austin Rodgers. Plent of young receivers, no big deal. Tenn. is in a rebuild ing year anyways...

Voluvr writes:

He did have Alligator arms on some of those passes. Zach will be one of our fastest receivers. If he can run a route he'll be a good one.

Volunatic writes:

in response to bmvolfan:

Does anyone remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqLVX8...

He kept going without his helmet! Seems pretty tough to me.

Yeah, that was awesome. Austin kept going even without his helmet, just trying to help the team get a first down. He has done a lot more for the Vols than his detractors ever have.

InertGas writes:

in response to h8ag8r:

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I don't know what you're trying to say but this is not funny at all.
This young man has caught 76 balls for Tennessee. He shows up and works hard, he's unselfish, well spoken, intelligent and a good leader. I hope he has a quick recovery and comes back strong.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to DancingOutlaw:

rogers was targeted 39 times last year. he caught 14 balls. that is all i'm saying. i'm sure there are some skip passes in those targets. i think it's ridiculous that people get on here and say how can you bad mouth a player. do you clap when your kid makes an F in school? i'm not throwing beer bottles at him i'm just saying he dropped a good amount of balls. that is a fact not an opinion. he is probably a nice guy but that doesn't win games.

To count as a "drop" the receiver has to actually be able to put his hands on it. Austin did not "drop" 39-14=25 passes. I counted this once for Naffy some months ago, it was more like 4.

lilvolcoach writes:

Hate to hear this news. Austin may missed some catches, but he also made plenty of clutch catches when the team needed one. Hopefully the NCAA will grant him one more year. Plus it's his senior year, no one wants to be injured during SENIOR year, all the blood, sweat, tears must feel like they are going down the drain.

ColeTrickle writes:

in response to Phowell23:

Maybe I have orange colored glasses on but I'm not too concerned about the WR position. We have Warren who is being converted to a receiver from his TE position last year, so that's an extra WR, and after the few passes they threw to him had very positive results, I can't wait to see him out there lining up in the WR position. I was afraid that Warren wouldn't get enough attention this year but it looks like he has the potential to get a lot of looks now of Rodger's injury. Jones and Hancock are very good WR's, plus we have a few spectacular freshmen WR athletes that can help on day 1 and will thrive with some experience next year.

It sucks that Rodger's may miss out this year but the NCAA should give him another year to play so he can come back and hit the ground running next year. In the mean time in the WR position, we'll be fine. Rodger's can still help his teammates with senior leadership on the sidelines and in the locker room.

I disagree, and I forgot about Paige too. With Paige and Maples gone. With Rogers and potentially Moore out we will be thin. Not to mention that we put all of our eggs in the Marlon Brown basket and missed out on him, missed out on Alshon Jeffrey too. That leaves us with Warren, little Rogers, Hancock, Jones, Nuke, and Green (3 of which are true freshman). Possibly teague or Oliver, which are alos true freshman and they may play defense or some of both. and I hear Berry might play some reciever as well which is good news, but other than that, what athletes did we get in this last class?

All I am saying is if we have a couple injuries at WR, just like on the line, then we are going to be in trouble.

TDTN writes:

in response to tnboystuckinkentucky:

I think after the spring game that Hancock and Jones will be starting @ receiver. Now, we'll have to move Richardson and Teague into the mix a little sooner than expected. Trial by fire never hurt anyone. Anyone else agree or have differing opinions?

Sometimes players respond to the expectations placed on them. Our freshman have rarely been given an opportunity to play. Look what Julio Jones did for bama last year as a freshman. I say put the young guys on the field and see what they can do in a live situation.
Last year our passing game sucked. The QB and receivers were out of sinc. I say everyone gets a mulligan and another shot at success this year. After all the ones on the team now are the ones who WANT to be a VOL.
Dont forget about Gerald Jones too.

gwaidley#279246 writes:

A lot of negative comments here - just sad. I always liked Austin. It always seemed that whenever he dropped a critical pass, he'd make up for it in spades (either a 3rd down conversion or TD grab) later in that possession or in the very next possession.

Doesn't anyone else remember this?!

GreerVol22 writes:

Turbo and others are right. I don't think he dropped any more than anyone else, its just that his drops were at critical, games changing, times and usually on 3rd down....those we tend to remember....Get well.... Q? Can he get a medical redshirt and get to play next year?

golfballs03 writes:

medical redshirt? pick up a masters degree?

OrangeCrush writes:

Two ACL's in less than a month - not good. Hang in there Austin and Toney. We'll see you next season. Come back next year with a vengeance...

ColeTrickle writes:

in response to golfballs03:

medical redshirt? pick up a masters degree?

i would bet he is college career is over

flatrock writes:

Classless Acts / Keyboard Cowards:

--kevin151
--dancing outlaw
--h8ag8r
--hank hill

Note to Austin: Speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing
you back on the playing field soon (something the 4
bozos above have never experienced)!

Waldorf writes:

Single-wing is looking like more and more of a viable option every day.

RPWhite writes:

If I recall after the spring game, Austin wasn't even listed as a starting wide receiver. Yes it will hurt but it will open a slot for somebody better.

ColeTrickle writes:

the real concern is the QB situation at UT isnt all that appealing to QB prospects. the proof is in the puddin- we are 0-6 on QB offers. as (I know this sounds negative but it is true) we cant even land a 3 star QB in a weak recruiting class, WTF????

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to InertGas:

I don't know what you're trying to say but this is not funny at all.
This young man has caught 76 balls for Tennessee. He shows up and works hard, he's unselfish, well spoken, intelligent and a good leader. I hope he has a quick recovery and comes back strong.

Larrythevolguy. h8ag8r is not hating Austin, he is laughing at Jesco White(the real dancing outlaw). Google him...Funny stuff! Go Vols and good luck to Austin.

givehim6 writes:

Looks like the Rogers brothers will not share the field. Zak go out there this season and make your bro. proud.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

in response to ColeTrickle:

i would bet he is college career is over

I think AR has already taken a Medical. He is currently a 5th year senior...Jerry Colquit comes to mind. I am not sure about the NCAA rules. Anybody in the know about a 2nd medical or 6th year? Go Vols!

HallowedHill writes:

I hate this for Austin. I hope he will appeal for a 6th year and return to play next year.

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