Rogers ready to claim his spot

USC freshman Darreus Rogers is eligible, healthy, and has a chip on his shoulder as he prepares for the Trojans 2013 season...


Check out the one-handed grab freshman Darreus Rogers makes at the end of the two-minute drill for a touchdown.

USC freshman Darreus Rogers has admittedly been playing with a chip on his shoulder this summer.

"I've got a lot to prove and a lot on the table and it's pushing me a little harder," he said.

Rogers was originally part of the Trojans' 2012 recruiting class but was unable to gain academic clearance to enroll at USC and take part in the 2012 season.

He was eventually cleared, making it to campus in time to participate in a number of USC's bowl practices in December.

The spring, however, saw another setback for Rogers -- this time physically, as the freshman injured his shoulder and was sidelined for three weeks, including the Trojans spring game.

As the Trojans enter their fourth week of voluntary summer workouts, Rogers says he's finally feeling on the right path and is ready to prove he can contribute in 2013.

"It's going great," he said after Friday morning's throwing session. "I feel much better than when I came in over the spring so it's going good. I'm eating right, feeling better, and just doing more rehab treating my body better."

Rogers made a circus-like one-handed touchdown pass from quarterback Max Browne to start the second week of workouts. His mission now is to prove that catch and his subsequent performances are worthy of earning him a spot in the rotation.

"I got my eye on [the No. 3 spot] but I've set much higher goals," Rogers said. "Anything can happen so you can't prepare just one spot, you've got to prepare for the No. 2 and the No. 1."

Rogers says receivers Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, his teammates occupying the top two spots, are taking him under their wing and showing him the ropes as the 2013 season draws near. "They both are staying on me telling me what to do and what not to do so I just listen to them."

With George Farmer and Steven Mitchell sidelined for the season only five scholarship receivers remain on the Trojans roster, Rogers is in as good as position as his competition – De'Von Flournoy and Victor Blackwell – to land the spot.

USC head coach Lane Kiffin listed Rogers behind Lee on the post-spring depth chart.

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