Position: Inside Linebacker
Size: 6-0, 230
High School: Abilene Wylie (TX)
2011 Review: Rogers moved into a starting role for the Mustangs in his junior year after earning playing time in each of his games in 2010. Last season Rogers started all 13 contests for SMU alongside Taylor Reed as an inside linebacker in SMU's 3-4 scheme. Rogers had consistent contribution, tallying five or more tackles in seven games.
As a starter, Rogers finished the season with 69 tackles (32 solo); fourth most on the team. He had a statistically impressive outing against Tulsa recording ten tackles. However, the Mustangs allowed them to rack up 177 yards on the ground along with four TD's in a 38-7 defeat.
Last year, Rogers had trouble making plays at and behind the line of scrimmage. Most of the time the Mustangs would get tackles in the second and third levels of their defense. This could be credited to less than stellar defensive line play but out of the starting linebackers, Rogers especially struggled to make plays in the opposing teams' backfield ending the year with zero tackles for loss.
Rogers also had trouble making splash defensive plays and causing turnovers. Throughout the course of the season Rogers never produced a sack or interception, and he never caused or recovered a fumble.
2011 Grade: C
Outlook in 2012: If the Mustangs are going to have a legitimate chance at competing for the C-USA title their defense has to have major contributions from their veteran starters. Ja'Gared Davis and Taylor Reed have been consistent playmakers in the defense but even they will have to raise their linebacker play; this holds true for Rogers as well.
As a linebacker who started every game last year, it is imperative that Rogers makes more plays around the ball and in the backfield. Because he's an inside linebacker and Davis will be coming off the edge a lot of the time, Rogers won't get many sacks but he can still have a major impact in run support and coverage.
The biggest thing for Rogers to work on is meeting opposing rushers in the hole and behind the line of scrimmage. With another year under his belt, Rogers should have enough game experience to be able to read and get off blocks quickly to make more plays that produce little to no gains.
If Rogers can wreck havoc, the Mustangs could have one of the best linebacking corps in the conference. Expect for Rogers to bring a higher level of play this season.
Player Profile Series: LB Cameron Rogers
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