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Ex-Vol Rogers Admits, Yep, It Was Multiple Failed Drug Tests

Oh, Da’Rick, Da’Rick, Da’Rick.

Last week, we reported that after speaking to several people inside the University of Tennessee athletic and main university administration, the story that was given to us most consistently was that the star/troubled ex-receiver Da’Rick Rogers had been indefinitely suspended from UT’s football team for multiple failed drug tests.

A very small minority of folks accused us of making that information up.  But the majority of you trusted us when we suggested two failed tests led to Rogers’ suspension and his departure — because he wasn’t going to sit (and might have had another suspension coming already).

For those few who didn’t believe us, maybe you’ll trust Rogers, who admitted the following while being introduced at Tennessee Tech yesterday:

 

“There were a couple of drugs tests.  It wasn’t anything too crazy.  It was about me being a young, immature guy, and those are things I’ve got to work on.  I plan to do that.”

 

Here’s hoping for his sake he does.  But if the past is any indicator, here’s betting he won’t.

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Ex-UT WR Rogers Reportedly Heading To Tennessee Tech

When Derek Dooley announced an indefinite suspension for oft-troubled wideout Da’Rick — or should it be Da’Wreck? — Rogers last week, he said that he did not expect the star to return.  It appears he was right on that front as multiple reports now have the junior set to transfer to Tennessee Tech of the FCS level. 

Rogers would have two years of eligibility remaining, but given his history, it’s likely he’ll head to the NFL after this season.  Assuming he makes it through the season.  Rogers led the SEC in catches last year (67) and accounted for 1,040 receiving yards.  He also became the dominant personality in the Volunteer locker room… a fact that didn’t sit well with several former teammates.

If he tried to dominate the locker room in Knoxville, Tennessee, just what might he try to do in Cookeville, Tennessee?

Update: Transfer confirmed by Tennessee Tech.

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You Pick ‘Em: Arkansas-UTEP

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Next up for No. 15 Arkansas is a home date with UTEP. The game will kick-off at 6 p.m. Saturday and will be televised by ESPNU. It will be Senior Day at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

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Slophouse Pick (8-1)

Coaches don’t like to label these as “warm-up” games, but there is no doubt UTEP doesn’t present the same challenges of an Alabama or Auburn. The Miners are 6-4 this season with a 3-4 record in Conference-USA while the Razorbacks have won seven games overall, including a convincing drubbing of SEC East leader South Carolina last week on the road. If the Razorbacks, who are still in the running for a BCS berth, can play anywhere near the caliber of the last few weeks, they should win this game easily.

That’s not to say the Miners are a pushover. UTEP does have veteran skill players and that will be something to watch. Senior quarterback Trevor Vittatoe will likely surpass 12,000 career passing yards on Saturday and senior receiver Kris Adams has more than 2,300 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns in his career. With Ramon Broadway out for the rest of the season, replacement Greg Gatson could get a good trial-by-fire with ranked opponents Mississippi State and LSU upcoming. UTEP’s offensive line has also been good this year, allowing just 11 sacks through 10 games.

The key will likely be a quick start. Arkansas has shown the ability to start strong this season, racking up at least 20 first half points against Tennessee Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. Another quick start against UTEP should make for smooth sailing if the defense holds up its end of the bargain. After giving up 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first two drives against Vandy, the Razorbacks have been stout on defense, allowing just one touchdown in the last seven quarters.

Arkansas 49, UTEP 17

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