GoBlueWolverine took in another big game last Friday when Madison Heights Lamphere and St. Clair Shores Lakeshore met in a contest with postseason ramifications. Both squads were 5-2, needing only one more win to secure a playoff berth. With a tough match-up against Marine City (and touted junior QB Brendan Kay) on the schedule for next week, many felt tonight was a playoff game for Lamphere.
As usual, they would lean heavily on Michigan commit, RB James Rogers. Rogers has totaled 305, 316 and 271 yards on the ground his past three outings. Lakeshore spied him heavily for much of the night and contained him well. He still carried 39 times for 224 yards and a TD, but did not break the long runs that have become his trademark. He did have two fumbles though. However, those who follow Lamphere say that is unusual for Rogers, as he is usually very sure handed. It is possible the cold and wet conditions were a factor.
At 6-1 and around 180 lbs, Rogers does not have the running back build. As a result, he is being looked at as a receiver for Michigan. He split out a couple times during the game, totaling one reception for 12 yards. He did drop one ball that he let get to his body. He is very quick and fast, though, and got separation a few times. Unfortunately, the Lamphere line was not giving their quarterback much time.
One area he needs to improve on is physicality. He was only average as a blocker and was not physical or much of a hitter on defense. He is more of a finesse player that tries to hit the home run every time he touches the ball. He is a fine athlete, though, and he'll be a candidate for the return jobs early in his career as he learns a new position. The buzz is that UM loves his potential at cornerback as well and that may also be a good place for the fleet-footed Rogers.
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