A disturbing trend continued at the University of Tennessee on Thursday, when the school announced that elite wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was suspended from the football program indefinitely.
Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley waited until after practice to issue a statement on his talented yet troubled receiver, but told reporters that he could not see Rogers suiting up for the team this season. Along with Dooley’s post-practice statement, a depth chart was released with Rogers’ name nowhere to be seen.
The school also said in a statement that Rogers was suspended due to a violation of team rules. However, rumors are swirling around the school that the suspension arose due to Rogers having a conversation with an agent. Take the rumors with a grain of salt because the school has yet to release what the violation of team rules actually was.
The suspension is not the wide receiver’s first skirmish with university and NCAA policies. In 2010, Rogers was involved in a bar brawl in Knoxville with some of his teammates. Safety Darren Myles Jr. was released from his scholarship following the event, but Rogers was lucky enough to receive a mere two week ban from the program.
The news comes at a poor time for the talented Rogers. Dooley has been quoted multiple times this offseason giving his star wide receiver compliments on his attitude and performance during the team’s practices. This was big news for Rogers after spending the duration of the summer and spring in his coach’s doghouse because of attitude problems.
Rogers, a top recruit out of the state of Georgia three years ago, led the SEC in receptions with 67 and was also one of the league leaders in yards, finishing with 1040 yards last season. He was expected to create a dynamic receiving duo with fellow wideout Justin Hunter this season for quarterback Tyler Bray and the Volunteers.
Chris Lionetti covers the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as a College Football Writer for Rant Sports
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