Certainly, numbers compiled in exhibition games must be taken with a grain of salt. Still, it's worth noting that UT's LaMarcus Coker, a heralded All-American coming of Antioch High School two years ago, rushed for just 16 yards on 11 carries in the 2005 Tennessee-Kentucky all-star game.
Rogan's accomplishments at Fulton certainly suggest he is capable of being a major college running back. He ran for 2,876 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior last fall, setting a state record by piling up 296 points. He closed his prep career with an Offensive MVP performance in the Class 3A state title game, rushing for 208 yards in a defeat of David Lipscomb.
For his prep career, Rogan ran for 5,261 yards and 81 touchdowns, helping Fulton notch state titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Obviously, the guy has a knack for running the football.
The problem? Size. Tennessee lists Rogan as 5 feet 10 and 182 pounds. Most Vol tailbacks of recent vintage were considerably heavier than that. Jamal Lewis was 6-0 and 230. Jay Graham was 5-11 and 220, Travis Henry 5-10 and 220. Last year's tailback trio of Arian Foster (6-1, 215), Coker (5-11, 205) and Montario Hardesty (6-0, 205) had at least 20 pounds per man on Rogan.
Still, the UT record book shows that the program's all-time single-season rusher is one Travis Stephens, who rushed for 1,464 yards in 2001 while packing just 190 pounds on a 5-9 frame. And Charlie Garner (5-10, 190) wasn't much bigger than that in 1993, when he averaged a whopping 7.3 yards per carry - most by a UT back in 42 years - en route to 1,161 yards in just 10 games.
Is Dennis Rogan big enough to carry the load for the Vols?