Rogers Likes The Island

He's not ready to join Gilligan, the Skipper on any of the other castaways, but Alabama safety-turned-cornerback Chris Rogers likes his new position. It didn't take a whole lot of convincing when the rising junior was approached by Defensive Coordinator Kirby Smart and Head Coach Nick Saban.

Chris Rogers had spent a redshirt year at cornerback under former Alabama Coach Mike Shula, so it was not completely foreign territory for the long-time special teams‚ ace.

"It's pretty good on the island," said Rogers when quizzed about his position switch. "Coach [Saban] felt it would be good to move me to corner. I know the playbook (at both spots)."

"There's nothing like being on an island," mused Rogers. "It's a little easier to adjust. For the most part, you're manned up at safety. You've got to make checks. If you mess up, it's a bust."

Javier Arenas
Rogers is competing for playing time with another converted safety, junior Javier Arenas.

"He's been doing great," Rogers said. "He's been doing his thing. He's been making plays."

That's evident by Arena's two interceptions in last week's scrimmage.

"[Arenas] had one where he broke on a slant," Rogers remembered. "One was a tipped ball. You've got to get interceptions any way you can get them."

Rogers feels that with he, Arenas, Kareem Jackson and Marquis Johnson, the 2008 Tide should be just fine at corner.

"Every rep counts. We're all trying to make each other better, and be the best secondary in the country," Rogers said.

Alonzo Lawrence
Even so, Rogers admits that some competition could be on the way when players like star recruit Alonzo Lawrence report in the fall.

"Hey, if you can learn the playbook, you can play," he admitted.

On the topic of position changes, count Rogers as another fan of the Jimmy Johns-to-linebacker move.

"He's fast and physical. He's an athlete. He's done a great job," said Rogers.

Rogers, a 6-foot, 192-pounder from Lakeland, (Fla.), missed four games due to his part in the textbook issue, but still managed 10 tackles, mostly on kicking teams. Four of those came in the opener against Western Carolina.

Rogers was in on nine tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2006, and recovered a fumble on a kick-off in the Tide's loss to Oklahoma State in the Petro Sun Independence Bowl. Of his 19 career stops, 11 are solo.

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