Former Vols WR Da'Rick Rogers transferring to Tennessee Tech

Da'Rick Rogers poses in front of Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. wearing the school's football jersey. It was announced Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 that the former Vol was officially a member of the Golden Eagles team. He will be eligible to play in their first game on Thursday, Aug. 30.

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Da'Rick Rogers poses in front of Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. wearing the school's football jersey. It was announced Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 that the former Vol was officially a member of the Golden Eagles team. He will be eligible to play in their first game on Thursday, Aug. 30.

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Former Tennessee star Da'Rick Rogers poses in a Tennessee Tech jersey after announcing he would play there this fall.

Tennessee Tech Former Tennessee star Da'Rick Rogers poses in a Tennessee Tech jersey after announcing he would play there this fall.

Da'Rick Rogers path to the NFL is taking a detour to Cookeville, where the talented but mercurial wide receiver hopes to revive his career after a troubled tenure at Tennessee.

Tennessee Tech confirmed Rogers' transfer Monday and said he could suit up and play when the Golden Eagles open their season against Hampton Thursday night, only eight days after the junior was suspended indefinitely from Tennessee.

Tennessee Tech is in the Championship Subdivision, meaning transfers are eligible to play immediately.

Rogers donned a purple and gold jersey and flashed a wide smile in a photo the school sent out on Twitter. Rogers said he wanted a "new beginning" at the Ohio Valley Conference school.

"I'm excited to be here and be with the team and have brand new camaraderie with these guys," Rogers said in a release provided by Tech. "It'll be fun to watch us play.

"Everybody has welcomed me with open arms and that's been a big thing. It seems to be like a family."

Rogers has two former teammates from his Calhoun, Ga., high school at Tech, including quarterback Tre Lamb.

Lamb's father, Hal, was Rogers' high school coach and vouched for Rog

ers' character to Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown.

"It's a unique situation for me, but we know he's a good kid," Brown said in the release. "He knows a couple of the players on our team, and we know his high school coach, and we're going on their recommendations.

"After meeting with Da'Rick and his family, I can see what everybody is saying about him. We've met with Da'Rick and he understands our expectations."

Rogers has had a tumultuous career since signing with the Vols as a five-star prospect in 2010.

He was arrested after a fight at a Knoxville bar in 2010, received a two-week ban from offseason activities this year and then missed some of spring practice amid rumors that he planned to transfer.

But he had a solid camp, according to coaches, and was expected to be one of Tennessee's biggest offensive weapons in 2012.

Rogers was the SEC's leading receiver in 2011 and a consensus preseason All-SEC selection this year.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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UTVOL2001 writes:

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voloffaith writes:

AS stated earlier, how easily they move on and find new game and smile...right after getting booted from UT...Hope he doesn't have any honey badger moments again and learns from his mistakes.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Rogers could not keep his nose clean in Knoxville so I doubt he will be able to in Cookeville. He is gone...ain't coming back. Buh-Bye!

He was a distraction to the Vols.
Addition by subtraction.

lavette12389 writes:

I'm just pleased the fans are content with this and not throwing a fit like LSU did with Honey Badger. At least we have some backbone! Proud of you Vols!!!

LiveFaith writes:

VFL

TeamXer writes:

Watch out, good folks at Spankies restaurant. Actually my coke head ex kept her nose clean in Cookeville, so Da'rick has a chance. His presence should double the attendance at TTU games to almost 1000!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Probably a more stable program and situation at this point.

tnsportsman writes:

LMAO! Really? Maybe 7th round next year in the NFL Draft, Maybe! He just gave up Millions, what a Dumb A!

Glad he is gone, that should be the last DIVA/THUG on our VOLS Team!

GO VOLS!

tankrunner440 writes:

It's purple and gold. either you are colorblind or that's a sophomoric slam.

Ironcity writes:

I see he is in the Tenn Tech parking lot. If they test him for drugs thats the closest he will ever get to getting into that stadium.

FWBVol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Probably a more stable program and situation at this point.

Why don't you do check some facts before you comment?

I guess some people might consider Tennessee Tech a more stable program with Watson Brown, a head coach that has never had a winning record during his tenure at any school other than Austin Peay where he posted 7-4 records in back-to-back years.

Brown, the older brother of Texas coach Mack Brown, has been at TTU five years and posted records of 4-7, 3-9, 6-5, 5-6, 7-4 and last year they had a conference record of 6-2, which tied for first in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Of course at Tennessee, and just about every other BCS school, a coach wouldn't have five years to turn things around. So it's hard to really determine if Tech under Brown is more stable than Tennessee at this time.

I do think a player of Da'Rick's talent will dominate the OVC and he'll be on his way to the NFL after a year (if he makes it that long).

NeylandWest writes:

Evan- TTU's colors are not blue and gold. Do your homework, sir...it's PURPLE and Gold. I know Tech is small, but c'mon...at least get their colors squared away! ;)

"The school tweeted a photo of a beaming Rogers wearing a blue and gold uniform outside of Tech's stadium in Cookeville this afternoon."

RockyMtnVol writes:

DR says TEnnessee TEch! I thought this was LSU...same colors....jk

Good Luck DR, wish things could have been different for you at UT.......GBO..VFL!!

Hound_Dog69 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Probably a more stable program and situation at this point.

Your a LOSER!!!!!!!!!

huntined#565710 writes:

What a shame...we just lost a big time receiver that we needed real bad...what does it take to get these guys head on straight???

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to TeamXer:

Watch out, good folks at Spankies restaurant. Actually my coke head ex kept her nose clean in Cookeville, so Da'rick has a chance. His presence should double the attendance at TTU games to almost 1000!

Love the comment about your ex. I guess that was sort of an endorsement for Cookeville. Probably much easier to stay out of trouble there than in Knoxville.

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

I was hoping that he would leave TN all together! Oh well, at least he is distracting another team now! Crystal Ball says he will be arrested within 6 months! I aint bailing him out!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Probably a more stable program and situation at this point.

More stable than the Muskrat disaster.

ambrown64 writes:

He has no shame. He can go to he!!. When you are on a team, you have an obligation to teammates. This idiot is a full-grown man, over 18, and has no clue about that sort of thing. Great athlete to watch, pathetic panty-waste of a human being. And everyone...EVERYONE...on his team had counted on him, Bray, JHunt and CP bringing an ex-factor to Tennessee that has not been seen for awhile. To Da'Prik Rogers I say this: you may get paid, you may get fame, but my guess is that the coaches, teammates, friends, family, women and children that count on you in life will always end up disappointed. Because you suck.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

TTU just lost whatever credibility they once had with this addition..For shame TTU.

Tru138 writes:

Weed make ya smile.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Good deal and maybe he will have a reality check. Still great oppotunity for him with the NFL. Hope his parents are busting his tail.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Yeah, Fulmer never had players dismissed or in trouble off the field..That's a laugh, Walt.

mtthw741 writes:

in response to TeamXer:

Watch out, good folks at Spankies restaurant. Actually my coke head ex kept her nose clean in Cookeville, so Da'rick has a chance. His presence should double the attendance at TTU games to almost 1000!

Ha. Ha. I went to school there. Spankies is a fine establishment. 1000? are you talking about total for the season?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

That photo is hilarious..DaRick's got that SEG like man this is some BS..My HS had a bigger stadium than this s***!

TheExtremeVol writes:

Da'Rick Rogers is a good player...but he will have a tough life because he is nothing more than a thug...Tennessee will be just fine without him....It's kind of a relief knowing we don't have to worry about what he is doing when he isn't at football...neways Go Vols.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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No, he had one in Cutcliffe he could never properly replace..

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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So, are you saying CPF could have won the last 2 seasons with the roster and injuries that Dooley has had?
Guess some of us like taking the positive route through life, and some just enjoy reveling in the negative. Have fun reveling. Walt.

volnsc writes:

Hey, don't be knocking TTU. If they can put up with me for four years, I think DaRick has a chance to complete the 3.5 months season intact. I know nothing about their program at present and wonder if they have a QB that can get DR the ball. Also, they play some pretty good teams and have sent a few good players to the NFL over the years.

Voluvr writes:

Are you people that say you hope he gets it together meaning you hope he comes back? I hope not. Also, do you really care that he gets it together? He is always looking for the easy way out. He's lazy and arrogant. I'm thilled this child is gone. Everthing that happened to him after he cussed out a coach and fought w/ McKeffrey is Dooley's fault. Why he tolerated that is beyond me. If he "got it together" he would never be anymore than Kelly Washington...another prima donna that we didn't handle well.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt I know some GREAT GREAT parents that have had their kids mess up in life are you saying it was their leadership when they did everything to raise their kid right...

BIG-ORANGE-CRAWDAD writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Not again WALT!

You quit blaming CDD for the problems at UT and put it where it belongs, and we all know where that is. CPF & CLK!

I can even blame one more person, CDC . For leaving us .Cause when he left we all saw where the talent at coaching was at. The only thing he did was hire great assistants!
So go away WALT No one wants to hear idiot logic!

jsmithnga#207674 writes:

in response to volnsc:

Hey, don't be knocking TTU. If they can put up with me for four years, I think DaRick has a chance to complete the 3.5 months season intact. I know nothing about their program at present and wonder if they have a QB that can get DR the ball. Also, they play some pretty good teams and have sent a few good players to the NFL over the years.

Not sure why so many are hating on the small schools; many athletes who messed up at the majors have transferred to smaller schools--he is not the first. Yeah, Tech has sent several good players to the NFL; Lonnie Warwick was one of the best-played 10 years with Minn. Vikings at MLB with the "purple people eaters". If he had to leave TN, I am glad he is at Tech. By the way they used to play La. Tech in the 60s and 70s.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BIG-ORANGE-CRAWDAD:

Not again WALT!

You quit blaming CDD for the problems at UT and put it where it belongs, and we all know where that is. CPF & CLK!

I can even blame one more person, CDC . For leaving us .Cause when he left we all saw where the talent at coaching was at. The only thing he did was hire great assistants!
So go away WALT No one wants to hear idiot logic!

That last line is an oxymoron......like the meal was, 'awful good'...."idiot logic" Sadly an idiot can not be logical.....Walt is just delusional(apparently) and likes it that way and sees no need to change....again if in his early 50's sad way to live a life...actually sad way to live whether 30 or 50 or even 81....no joy in the journey as a cold heart can't be warmed unless it has a heart transplant by Jesus Christ...he can take a stone cold heart like he did with mine and change it into clay-like that he can mold to follow HIM. Walt there is hope in no other.....John14:6

99gator writes:

sad situation

vol98champ writes:

At least he won't have to wave the matador cape to avoid going to a bowl game.

BMSvol writes:

good luck at your new school da'rick.

time to move on, we have a game in 4 days

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 99gator:

sad situation

Where have you been?? Long time no see, you actually talk sports unlike some other gator backers I know..Welcome back, 99.

AllVol1 writes:

I just feel sick about the whole mess with Da'Rick. I am man enough to admit that I was REALLY looking forward to seeing the three big receivers lighting up defenses. So, I am now really discouraged. I hope some of you are right and players step up and we don't miss Da'Rick. I truly hope so.

On a totally brighter note. I just get a feeling and I am going to call it out. Raijon Neal goes for a buck fifty Friday. Young and Lane pitch in for a hundren more. I know NCSt has a great secondary, but they are going to get tired of trying to catch and tackle our tailbacks. We will blow this one sky high!

GBO!!!

DonK37920 writes:

Going from playing in front of 90,000+ almost every game to 5,000 or somewhere around that is gonna be punishment enough. I'd bet he realizes his mistake once reality sets in and the cheers aren't so loud and the cameras are gone.

DonK37920 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Just curious. Will you be cheering for the Vols Friday night?

UTKin1992 writes:

I had friends in college who would smile when they were high.

FWBVol writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt, if you can back and check my posts for the last three years you will not be able to deny that I am a Phillip Fulmer fan and supported the idea of giving him another year. That said, by your own definition, Phillip Fulmer is, at least in some way, responsible for the failure of Randy Sanders as the OC and the Dave Clawson as OC. So it was Phillip Fulmer who was responsible for his own failure and ultimate dismissal.

There was huge difference as great as night and day between what Phillip Fulmer walked into and what Derek Dooley walked into. Fulmer walked into a situation where he had been interim coach the year before and had recruited or helped recruit many of the players on the roster.

Fulmer had an All-SEC quarterback in Heath Shuler on the roster that had a year's experience as a starter under his belt and had been in the program two years prior to Fulmer's promotion to head coach. I could point out the offensive line was loaded and the defense had top recruits.

I doubt very seriously that Fulmer could have done any, or much better than Dooley if he had walked into a program where he was the third head coach in three years or where the team had a third DC in as many years.

Yes, the bucks stops with Derek Dooley, the head coach, but there are times when a player has to take responsibility for his own actions and nothing a head coach does will change the player's behavior.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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LOOK..This idiot is till posting.Hey why dont you go to tech with Daprick both of you are pathetic.misery loves company

mattgb7c writes:

Yawn.

lstbodeanvol writes:

WELCOME TO THE OVC YOUNG MAN....NOW GO TENNESSEE MARTIN SKYHAWKS BEAT TECH !!!!!!!!!

NeylandWest writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I haven't taken sides in this whole debate, other than TN's side, so I'm not here for a p1ssing contest. But if you're going to suggest that CPF gets a free pass for having guys dismissed so long as he won 75% of his games then that's pretty shallow. You're basically saying it's ok to sell your soul for thugs so long as they line the trophy cabinet shelves with bling.

As far as I'm concerned, most programs sell out to one extent or another. Just think you need to realize you're making excuses for CPF and getting ticked when others make excuses for CDD.

Pot meet kettle.

LibertyVolance writes:

It stands to reason this would be the last KNS headline featuring Day-Rick. Man, he makes me tired. I hate the thought of having to read the weekly drama between Coach Watson Brown and TTU with a misfit recruit.

I feel for you, Watson. Good luck.

GreerVol22 writes:

gone in 60 seconds....(the time it takes to pee)

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

LMAO! Really? Maybe 7th round next year in the NFL Draft, Maybe! He just gave up Millions, what a Dumb A!

Glad he is gone, that should be the last DIVA/THUG on our VOLS Team!

GO VOLS!

Grow up..you guys said the same thing about Bryce Brown who is now in the NFL. OKU will play in the NFL and is with a much better coach than Dooley in Malzohn. Aaron Douglas ran to a small school before going to bama. Lamison is a star at UTEP and Coleman is with the Packers. You need to look at your head coach as the problem when all these players run to small schools as well as 7 coaches. The typical reply is "we dont need him' then you cry you have no talent. UT needed him and it will show quickly. He will play in the NFL just as easily from Tech as UT if he has the talent. The NFL saw him in the SEC and he will go to the combine..Plus Watson is a better coach than Dooley.

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