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2013 USC Football Player Report Card: Darreus Rogers

Darreus Rogers’ path to USC was certainly one of the more unconventional commitments.

He signed with USC as part of the 2012 class, but didn’t arrive on campus until the spring of 2013.

By the numbers: 22 receptions for 257 receiving yards

What went right: Bouncing back from his own injury, during a two-week stretch against Notre Dame and Utah, where the Trojans had limited options to throw the ball to, Rogers stepped up and had his best performances of the season.

Against the Irish, Rogers had six receptions for 60 yards and followed that up the next week with five catches for 62 yards.

With 22 receptions, Rogers quietly evolved into a reliable big-play option for the Trojans with an average of 11. 68 yards per catch, which placed him fourth on the team.

What went wrong: Rogers missed three games from Sept. 21 to Oct. 10 that may have slowed his progression.

Moreover, given Rogers dependable, quarterback-friendly hands, it was surprising that he failed to haul in a touchdown reception.

What’s next: Rogers earned valuable playing time in 2013 and with Marqise Lee potentially headed to the NFL, Rogers will likely be looked upon to assume a larger role under Steve Sarkisian in 2014.


Final Grade: B

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