April 6, 2007

Rogers ready for dual role

In his career as a quarterback at Quaker Valley High in Leetsdale, Pa., Darren Rogers threw for 2,225 yards and rushed for another 830 yards. But, the 6-foot, 185-pounder came to Kent State and found early playing time catching passes instead of throwing them.

Rogers-the Golden Flashes' top returning receiver-hauled in 12 passes for 146 yards and rushed for another 23. He also scored Kent State's first touchdown of the season when he scampered in from 17 yards on a fake field goal at Army.

With just one season under his belt, Rogers has moved back to his high school position, at least for the spring.

"I'm definitely excited," said Rogers about the opportunity to compete at quarterback. "The move last year wasn't too difficult because coach (Doug) Martin did a good job in the summer teaching me the offense and what was going on, so I kind of learned it from both perspectives (quarterback and receiver). Now that I'm moving back and I know the offense from the (H-back's) perspective it's a little bit easier to make the transition."

Starting his career at wide receiver, according to Rogers, has actually helped him ease into his role as a quarterback.

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