Now, the Cougars and head coach Dave Rose have lost another forward and once again the injury is career-ending.
News surfaced on Wednesday that BYU senior Stephen Rogers will need to step away from the game of basketball due to ongoing and reoccurring knee issues.
“I feel terrible for Stephen and his family,” Rose said in a statement. “He worked hard all offseason with hopes of returning to practice and helping our team this season. Stephen has had a major impact on the success of our teams the last couple years and he will be missed.”
Rogers joined the Cougars’ program in 2010, coming to Provo by way of Mesa Community College (AZ). In two seasons at BYU, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged over ten minutes, working his way onto the court as a consistent role player for Rose.
Last season, Rogers averaged 6.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game before tearing his meniscus in December. The injury required surgery and forced the forward to miss six games. However, the nagging injury resulted in more and more time missed throughout the remainder of the season.
The losses of both Collinsworth and Rogers leaves the Cougars weaker up front. Brandon Davies, now a senior, is one of only three players remaining in the Cougars’ rotation that stand above 6-foot-8. Big man Nate Austin will likely see an added boost in playing time with the losses, while freshman Ian Harward and junior Agustin Ambrosino may also be thrown into the mix.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse