Rogers Suffers Second Season-Ending Injury

Just a year removed from a season-ending ACL injury, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas) High center Zach Rogers broke his ankle on the second play of his team's third game of the 2014 season. The four-star recruit signed a financial aid agreement with Arkansas in August.

Zach Rogers has had some very bad luck with injuries the last two years.

The four-star center broke his left ankle on the second play of Hebron (Carrollton, Texas) High’s 35-18 loss to Plano High on Friday. The injury came just over a year after he tore his right ACL on the 11th play of Hebron’s preseason scrimmage.

“They were running a four-man front with a defensive end over me,” Rogers said. “He dove at my legs and got my leg in his arms. I got my leg pinned and it got caught under me.”

Rogers, the rated as the No. 3 center in the country, had surgery at 1 p.m. Saturday and said that he is still experiencing some pain, but it is feeling much better now.

The doctors told him that he would need to be in a hard cast for a month, followed by a month in a walking boot, before transitioning to an ankle brace, in which he’d be able to begin running and doing other football activities.

A second devastating injury would be demoralizing to most players, but Rogers seems to have a good attitude about his situation.

“Injuries are a part of football,” Rogers said. “I just have to accept it. I need to bounce back and keep going.”

When he got out of the emergency room, Rogers called the Arkansas coaches and told them the news. He said they were supportive and told him to healthy and get ready to come to Fayetteville.

Rogers signed a financial aid agreement with the Razorbacks in August and plans to enroll at Arkansas in January.

Despite the injury, Rogers doesn’t think he’ll need to redshirt and he hopes to get valuable playing time as a true freshman.

“That’s still several months away, so I’ll almost be back to 100 percent,” Rogers said. “I don’t think it’ll hurt me.”

Before his injury, Rogers was playing well and did not have any problems with his surgically repaired knee.

“I was definitely playing good,” Rogers said. “It was good to be back. I picked up from where left off and was having fun.”

He also had an opportunity to come to Fayetteville for Arkansas’ game against Nicholls State on Sept. 6. The 73-7 win was impressive, but Rogers said he was more impressed with the Razorbacks’ 49-28 win over Texas Tech, which he had to watch a replay of on Sunday because of his surgery on Saturday.

Arkansas piled up 438 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and held the ball for just over two-thirds of the game.

“Them going out to Lubbock and putting a whooping on the Red Raiders, a power-five team, was good to see,” Rogers said.

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