By: BE Coleman
When WR Gerald Jones went down last Saturday, suffering a nasty hand injury in the 3rd quarter, the Big Orange spotlight immediately turned to Nashville sophomore Zach Rogers.
The former David Lipscomb prep star and younger brother of former Vol receiving stud Austin Rogers (2005-09), will advance to the number one position this week against vaunted Oregon.
Rogers has been waiting in the wings for his chance behind some talented and speedy upperclassmen since earning TSAA Mr. Football honors in prep school.
"I think Zach is one of the more underrated players we have," says head coach Derek Dooley. "He had an excellent camp. He's a little bit like Old Man River; he just kind of does his job, he does it well."
Rogers has not had a lot of opportunities sitting behind the likes of the talented Jones and flashy deep threat Denarius Moore.
He has recorded five career receptions for 33 yards, including a 7 yarder last week.
A key to his success and the team's success this week against the #7 ranked Ducks will be downfield blocking to aide the running game.
Jones and Moore were instrumental last week with text book examples that broke touchdowns scores for the Vols.
"The hardest thing about a receiver blocking on the run is 90% of the time your block has no impact on the play," says Dooley. "The one time that it does, you better be in position to make a good block."
The Vols skipper notes Rogers as being attentive and a quiet player. Not the type that tosses out eye candy for notice.
"He's not a flashy personality guy," adds Dooley. He's faster than people think, and he's got good hands. He's just a good, dependable player."
His brother earned a name under former renowned offensive coordinator David Cutlciffe as being the reliable guy that made clutch scoring plays.
Hopefully the Rogers hereditary characteristics begin another chapter in the family history as two brothers that proudly carry the orange and white banner.
MLB Austin Johnson adds, "He deserves every amount of playing time he's going to get this week. He's going to do it with flying colors."
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