Former MWC Freshman of the Year will play his final season with the Bobcats.
Ohio received excellent news Tuesday night — a rare feat these days.
Quarterback Armani Rogers tweeted out that he’s made up his mind, and will play his redshirt-senior season of college ball at Ohio after four years at UNLV. Rogers won the Mountain West Freshman of the Year Award in 2017, but didn’t have the same luck in subsequent seasons. Now as a senior, he’s looking to use the tools that he has to run crazy with Frank Solich’s option offense.
As a redshirt-freshman, Rogers played 10 games for the Rebels, was 99-of-189 passing (52.4%) for 1,471 yards (7.8 Y/A), had six touchdowns and five interceptions. Passing stats aren’t amazing, but he was so dominant on the ground: 146 rush attempts that year for 780 yards (5.3 avg.) with eight touchdowns.
From the Las Vegas Sun earlier this month when Rogers said he put his name in the portal:
Rogers came to UNLV in 2016 as one of the top-rated recruits in program history. A big, fast, athletic quarterback from Los Angeles, Rogers was a 3-star prospect who was immediately tabbed as the face of the program.
He redshirted in 2016 then became the starter as a freshman in 2017. Rogers completed 52.4 percent of his passes that year for 1,471 yards, with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran for 780 yards and eight touchdowns.
That campaign turned out to be the pinnacle of Rogers’ career. His biggest issue was accuracy, as his completion percentage dropped to 44.4 percent in 2018 and 51.9 percent in 2019. Rogers also struggled with injuries; he played 10 games as a freshman, then was limited to 10 games total over the next two years.
Freshman Kenyon Oblad took over the quarterback job last year and could compete for the job as a sophomore in 2020 under new head coach Marcus Arroyo. The Rebels also brought in TCU transfer Justin Rogers, a former 4-star prospect; if Rogers is granted immediate eligibility, he could be the frontrunner for the starting spot.
Things didn’t materialize after four years at one program, and that’s after a redshirt year led to an award-winning season. Rogers didn’t have a stellar 2018 or 2019 and doesn’t come in with the best passing resume, especially these days when passing efficiency is usually a must. For his career, Rogers’ passing percentage is technically at 49.9, and has 6.4 yards per attempt with a quarterback rating of 112.8. On the ground, Rogers holds a 5.4 career rushing average on 289 attempts and 1,549 total yards, with 18 TD. (Note: not sack-adjusted).
Ohio just graduated Nathan Rourke after three prolific years with the Bobcats. He’s an all-timer in Athens: 2,634 career rushing yards on 425 carries, and ran it in the end zone 49 times. Nobody was expecting any of the underclassmen to come up and immediately have the same success that Rourke had, and now Ohio gets to add experience to the position that probably needed it the most on that team.
Rogers will still have to go to Athens and beat Kurtis Rourke (Nathan’s younger brother) and others for playing time, and the team will have to see how it can make Rogers into a better passer. In any case, Rogers’ speed is going to be on the field for Ohio on gamedays (I assume), and that’s something worth finally getting excited about.