A Vol you should know

You probably aren't familiar with Ben Rogers, although he's one of Tennessee's better athletes. That's because he (A) doesn't play one of the revenue sports and (B) doesn't make the Knoxville police blotter.

All Rogers does is compete at a high level in his chosen sport, conduct himself in a first-class manner, make superior grades and distinguish himself with his dedication to community service. That's why he has been named to the SEC Men's Tennis Good Works team by the league office.

Consider what the Kingsport native has accomplished this year:

In the classroom: He is a member of the Thornton Center Honor Roll and the SEC's academic honor roll. This shows he's very, very bright.

In the community: He was one of several players who stayed behind following Vol tennis matches to conduct clinics for aspiring young netters. He also gave his time and energy to April Play Day, which brought roughly 400 members of the Boys and Girls Clubs onto the UT campus to meet the athletes and play. This shows he's very, very civic-minded.

In the competitive arena: He was a 2005 All-American in doubles and recently teamed with 2006 doubles partner Adam Hubble to earn an invitation to the NCAA Championships. This shows he's very, very talented.

Troubled athletes such as Daniel Brooks and Jemere Hendrix make a lot of headlines by bringing dishonor and embarrassment to the university. Sadly, they also make it easy to overlook young men like Ben Rogers, who bring nothing but honor and respect to their team, their sport and their school.

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