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Despite playing a rigorous SEC schedule and losing number 1 wide receiver Da’Rick Rodgers to an indefinite suspension, the Vols are poised to make a push for a big time bowl game. Tennessee starts the season as the 32nd highest ranked team, but they should find themselves in the 10-16 range if they play to their potential.
Tennessee’s offense will be able to compete with the best in the country, led by junior quarterback Tyler Bray. The 6’6 gunslinger passed for 1983 yard and 17 touchdowns in just 7 games. With Bray at helm, the Vols went 5-2, without him, a measly 1-4 with a win over Middle Tennessee State. Don’t be surprised if Bray is the second quarterback taken off the board in next year’s draft after USC’s Matt Barkley.
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However, the Vols took a blow when Coach Derek Dooley announced that star wide receiver Da’Rick Rodgers would be suspended indefinitely. Rodgers led the Vols in receiving last year and was in position to have a breakout year due to his blistering speed and Bray’s NFL arm. This will give other receivers a chance to step up and make an impact, and Tennessee certainly has a deep enough receiving core to make it happen. Senior tight end Mychal Rivera is a very reliable target. Junior receiver Justin Hunter and junior college transfer Cordarelle Patterson will give opposing defenses fits with their big play ability.
At running back, the tandem of Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal will be difficult to handle for even the best SEC defenses. At 5’11, 205 lbs, Lane is a power back and could put some opposing players on their backs. Neal provides an X-factor out of the backfield, as he has tremendous speed and soft hands (4th on the team in receptions last year).
As for defense, it’s never easy to stop the likes of Georgia, LSU, and Alabama, but Tennessee will be much improved defensively from last year. The 2012 Vols defense will return a lot of familiar faces, and those players will only get better with more experience. The main weakness is on the defensive line, which does not have a lot of depth or skill. On the contrary, the linebacking group is very strong and should be able to make up for the weak line.
At the end of the day, Tennessee is going to put up a lot of points this year if Tyler Bray can stay healthy. If the defense is able to truly improve and find ways to disrupt opposing offenses, the Vols will find themselves in a position to make a difference in the college football world. Look for Tennessee to finish 8-4 and take down one of the SEC powers along the way.
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Tennessee Volunteers standout wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who led the SEC in receptions last season, has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
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It's not a beautiful day in the Tennessee neighborhood today as the wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers has been suspended for the ever vague "undisclosed violation of team rules." Vols head football coach Derick Dooley expects that "Rogers won’t return to the program."
"Dooley said he informed Rogers of the suspension on Wednesday and told the rest...
According to multiple reports including on at Volquest.com, University of Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rodgers has been suspended from the team indefinitely. The cause of the current suspension is currently unclear, and most reports indicate simply that Rodgers violated team rules. Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley is scheduled to speak to the media at 11:30 eastern time...
Tennessee has suspended star wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Rogers was an all-Southeastern Conference selection last year with 67 catches for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns.
The junior from Calhoun, Ga., doesn't appear on the depth chart Tennessee released Thursday for its Aug. 31 season opener with North Carolina State at the...
Reports are streaming out of Knoxville, Tennessee Thursday morning that University of Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers has been suspended indefinitely for what is being termed a "Violation of Team Policies".
No, we don't know what that means and the school has yet to comment on the report by VolQuest.com, a Rivals website that cover...
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Tennessee confirms the indefinite suspension for WR Da’Rick Rogers— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 23, 2012The Volunteers All-SEC receiver Da’Rick Rogers has been suspended indefinitely for violating the school’s substance abuse policy. Rogers had 67 catches for 1,040 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. According to ESPN College Football reporter Joe Schad, Da’Rick Rogers...
Da’Rick Rogers is no stranger to controversy, and now he’s embroiled himself in it yet again. Rogers has been suspended indefinitely from the Tennessee football team, per Josh Ward. Not quite six months ago, it was unclear if Rogers would even be on the team at this point. In March, Rogers hinted via twitter that [...]
By ZACH DILLARD@Zach_Dillard
Chalk up another one.
Another SEC standout, this time Tennessee wide receiver DaRick Rogers, finds himself in trouble this offseason a disturbing trend that reinforces the notion that the season cannot start soon enough.
Rogers, who was named to the coaches All-SEC First Team last month at SEC Media Days, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation...
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5. Tennessee vs. N.C. State (Atlanta)Tennessee is one of my surprise teams for this season.With 19 starters coming back, I think they have the talent and experience to win nine or 10 games and finish the season ranked.Quarterback Tyler Bray and his top two receivers, Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter, return as well as the entire starting offensive line, which should give the...