Published October 22, 2012 - 6:24pm
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Remember Tennessee’s Da’Rick Rogers and Georgia’s Isaiah Crowell, two talented players on offense that took the SEC by storm as underclassmen last season?
They’re dominating on a smaller scale this fall after conduct detrimental to the team prematurely ended their SEC careers prior to August.
Rogers scored three of Tennessee Tech’s four touchdowns in Saturday’s 42-28 loss to Eastern Kentucky — one on a highlight behind-the-defender’s head grab and leads his team in receptions (45), yards (716) and touchdowns (8) this season. Against Southeast Missouri St. on Sept. 22, Rogers set a school-record with 18 catches for 303 yards and a pair of scores which marked his four straight game with a touchdown reception.
In Knoxville, Rogers caught 78 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns in 23 career games and was considered one of the SEC’s top receivers coming into his junior campaign.
Crowell has made a sophomore splash at Alabama A&M, carrying a team-high 97 times for 593 yards and 10 touchdowns. In only his second game with the Hornets, Crowell rushed for 149 yards and two scores against Texas Southern. In Athens, Crowell was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Year and helped the Bulldogs reach the SEC Title Game with a memorable 850-yard season. Unsure how UGA’s offense would respond after Crowell’s dismissal, this year’s true freshman tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have combined for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Bryce Sherman, a pint-sized playmaker who started on South Carolina’s kickoff return team during the Gamecocks’ run to an SEC East title in 2010, returns kicks for unbeaten and second-ranked Winston-Salem State, a Division II program in North Carolina. Considered one of the team’s fastest players during his stint in Columbia, Sherman is averaging 3.8 yards-per-carry for the Rams with a touchdown this season. On special teams, the 5-foot-4 senior has returned three kickoffs for 165 total yards.
Rogers will be eligible for the NFL draft after this season. Crowell can throw his name in the mix after next fall.