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With 13 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 13 on roster Mr. Sam Rogers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard Coach Beamer mention Rogers name consistently for being one of the hardest working incoming freshman. Out of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Rogers was a do-it-all player at Hanover High School. He will now transition from being a QB/RB/WR/FS/CB/LB/LS/Coach/Waterboy/Opposing team’s quarterback/Line Judge to being a regular old, everyday fullback here at Virginia Tech. With Riley Beiro calling it quits due to a medical issue, there’s an outside chance that Rogers could be our starter come week one.
Weight: 220 lbs
High School: Hanover High School
Location: Mechanicsville, VA
High School Career
A few of those position choices I listed above are false but Rogers did play quarterback, running back, receiver, and multiple positions on defense at Hanover. He was truly a do-it-all player that sacrificed his own self-interests to do what was best for the team. On offense, Rogers rushed for 1,178 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. Those are good numbers but not many D1 programs came calling with an offer. The Hokies decided to give him a shot as a walk-on and Rogers decided to take his talents to Blacksburg.
Reasons For Excitement
Work Ethic: It’s refreshing to hear collegiate players accepting a chance to be something great and really putting the hard-work required to hone their craft. Too many times these days you see highly touted high school kids enroll at the college and never materialize because they’re not used to having to outwork everybody in the weight room. Rogers doesn’t have that problem. You asking him to jump, he’ll say how high. He’s the ultimate team player.
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Causes For Concern
A Little Light: As a true freshman, Rogers will need to bulk up. I’ve said that for every freshman and I’ll echo it again here. He needs to bulk up but the good news is he can be used in a variety of ways. He’s a good athlete with decent speed and quickness. I don’t think his size is too much of an issue right now. That said, 235 pounds would be an excellent weight for him.
What to Expect in 2013
I’m writing this a few days in advance so if Rogers has the starting job locked up by the time this posts please don’t yell at me. However, I think Tech may choose to go with a bigger option like Fuller Hoepner or Griffin Hite. Even the 6’2” freshman Jerome Wright has a chance to be a big contributor here. Whether it’s this year or not, Rogers will find a way to make an impact here in Blacksburg. He’s another walk-on that has that feel to him.
From an athletic standpoint, Rogers is one of the best walk-ons we’ve had at fullback in awhile. The possibilities in Scot Loeffler’s offense excites me.
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