Heisman Trophy candidate rewrote the Spartan record book in 2001, setting every single-season receiving mark . . . a favorite for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which is presented annually to the top receiver in the country . . . rated the nation?s No. 1 receiver by Lindy?s while The Sporting News listed him second at the position . . . preseason first-team All-America selection by the Football News, Street & Smith?s/Walter Camp, Lindy?s, Athlon Sports and Playboy . . . preseason second-team All-America pick by The Sporting News . . . consensus preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection . . . named preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News . . . his size and speed have helped upgrade Michigan State?s passing game . . . has good hands plus the ability to run after the catch . . . multi-talented player could continue to have an impact as a punt returner . . . teams with veteran quarterback Jeff Smoker to give the Spartans one of the nation?s most dangerous passing combinations . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Named to Sports Illustrated?s and CBS SportsLine.com?s All-Bowl Teams . . . earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the media . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the league coaches . . . shared MSU?s Outstanding Underclass Back Award with tailback T.J. Duckett, quarterback Jeff Smoker and safety Thomas Wright . . . started all 12 games at split end in 2001 and played 321 minutes . . . set MSU single-season records for receptions (67), receiving yards (1,470), touchdown receptions (14) and 100-yard receiving games (6) in his first year on the active roster . . . became the first Spartan receiver to average at least 20.0 yards per catch (21.9 avg.) since Andre Rison in 1988 . . . with 96 points, became the first non-kicker to lead the Spartans in scoring since Sedrick Irvin in 1997 . . . also became the first MSU receiver to lead the team in scoring since Gene Washington in 1964 . . . his 16 total TDs represent the sixth-best single-season total in Spartan history . . . ranked among the Big Ten leaders in receiving yards (second at 122.5 yards per game), receptions (fourth at 5.6 per game), scoring (tied for second at 8.0 points per game) and all-purpose yards (138.7 ypg.) . . . his 14 TD catches led the Big Ten . . . caught at least one TD pass in each of his last nine games . . . 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic Offensive MVP caught 10 passes for a school-record 270 yards and two TDs in MSU?s 44-35 victory over No. 20 Fresno State . . . scored on pass plays of 72 and 69 yards from Smoker vs. Fresno State . . . his 43-yard reception late in the fourth quarter vs. Fresno State set up MSU?s game-clinching touchdown . . . earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after accounting for 215 all-purpose yards and three TDs in MSU?s 55-7 victory over Missouri in the 2001 regular-season finale . . . had seven receptions for 168 yards and two TDs vs. Missouri, including TD grabs of 32 yards from Smoker in the first quarter and 27 yards from Damon Dowdell in the fourth quarter . . . also scored on a 20-yard double reverse in the second quarter vs. Mizzou . . . became only the third receiver in MSU history to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in a season with eight catches for 191 yards vs. Penn State . . . caught TD passes of 59 and 47 yards from Smoker vs. Penn State . . . had seven receptions for 108 yards vs. Purdue, including a 7-yard TD toss from Dowdell in the third quarter . . . caught five passes for 206 yards (41.2 avg.) vs. Wisconsin, including TD catches of 5 and 87 yards from Smoker . . . his 206 receiving yards vs. Wisconsin marked the fourth-best single-game total in Spartan history . . . chosen Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week vs. Notre Dame . . . had four receptions for 116 yards vs. Notre Dame, including a 47-yard TD strike from Ryan Van Dyke with 7:51 left to give MSU a 17-10 victory . . . faced with a third-and-6 midway through the fourth quarter, he caught a quick slant from Van Dyke, spun out of Vontez Duff?s attempted tackle and outraced three Notre Dame defensive backs to the end zone for the game-winning score . . . averaged 8.8 yards on 18 punt returns, including a 64-yard TD return vs. Northwestern that gave the Spartans a 20-17 lead . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Sat out the entire 2000 season for academic reasons . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Consensus prep All-American . . . rated the nation?s No. 1 prospect by ESPN.com recruiting analyst Tom Lemming . . . also ranked among the country?s top players by SuperPrep (No. 8) . . . listed among the nation?s top receivers by Lemming (No. 1), PrepStar (No. 2) and SuperPrep (No. 3) . . . labeled the No. 1 player in the Midwest by PrepStar, SuperPrep and the Detroit Free Press . . . named Midwest Region Offensive MVP by PrepStar . . . rated the state?s top player by the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News and Lansing State Journal . . . three-time all-state selection . . . caught 40 passes for 760 yards (19.0 avg.) and 14 touchdowns as a senior . . . had a 60-yard TD catch in the Division 2 state championship game, helping Saginaw (Mich.) High School to a 14-7 win over Birmingham Brother Rice . . . had 15 carries for 125 yards and two TDs . . . returned two punts for scores, covering 65 and 85 yards, respectively . . . had 53 catches for 956 yards (18.0 avg.) and 14 TDs as a junior . . . three-year starter for Coach Don Durrett at Saginaw . . . his prep career totals include 126 receptions for 2,644 yards (21.0 avg.) and 39 TDs . . . won four individual state track titles, including the 200 meters in 2000, 400 in 1999 and 100 and 200 in ?98 . . . runs 4.4 in the 40 . . . born May 23, 1981 . . . majoring in sociology.
Rogers? Career Statistics Receiving G/GS No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2001 12/12 67 1470 21.9 14 87
Rushing No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2001 4 36 9.0 1 20
Punt Returns No. Yds. Avg. TD LG 2001 18 158 8.8 1 64
Rogers? Career Highs Catches: 10, vs. Fresno State (2001) Receiving Yards: 270, vs. Fresno State (2001) TD Catches: 2, four times (last vs. Fresno State, 2001)
Rogers? Game-By-Game Statistics 2001 Receiving No. Yds. TD LG Central Michigan 3 72 0 40 Notre Dame 4 116 1 47 Northwestern 5 68 0 23 Iowa 1 13 1 13 Minnesota 7 91 1 18 Wisconsin 5 206 2 87 Michigan 6 86 1 29 Indiana 4 81 1 31 Purdue 7 108 1 27 Penn State 8 191 2 59 Missouri 7 168 2 40 Fresno State 10 270 2 72 Totals 67 1470 14 87