Khaliel Rodgers on moving back to offensive line

Redshirt junior Khaliel Rodgers talks about making the switch back to the offensive line due to center Toa Lobendahn's season-ending injury.

Khaliel Rodgers missed the Utah State game with a hamstring injury, but he was a popular player for the media after practice on Tuesday.

Just like last week, Rodgers was wearing a white jersey, but with the Trojans on the road this week, that meant he was back playing offense. He returned to the offensive line after a two-month experiment playing defensive tackle, which saw Rodgers improve enough throughout fall camp to move up the depth chart to being No. 2 as the top backup behind Stevie Tu'ikolovatu.

Rather than Rodgers' performance on the defensive line, it was his offensive ability that led the coaching staff to switch him sides once again after it was determined late last week that starting center Toa Lobendahn tore multiple knee ligaments and is out for the season.

"I was eventually going to go back," Rodgers said. "Like I said in the summer, I just wanted to help the d-line out, but this is ultimately my position."

On Tuesday, Rodgers stepped right back in as the second-team center after starting six games at the position last year.

"It was second nature. Coming back to offense, it was nothing new," he said. "I was just happy to be on offense again with my team and just helping out any way."

Watch what Khaliel Rodgers, above, had to say about making the switch back to the offensive line this week.

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