USC senior Darreus Rogers plans to employ a new strategy going forward after the Utah game.
After Adoree' Jackson returned his third kickoff for a touchdown, going more than 100 yards for the score, Rogers tried to chase him down. Rogers was one of the 10 Trojans that opened up the hole Jackson was able to navigate with only one defender barely getting a hand on him. When Jackson flew by, Rogers ran to celebrate with him.
"I was tired and he was still pulling away from me. I was like 'Gosh. This kid is fast.' It's just amazing."
Rogers knows that all he has to do is get his hands on an opponent. Adoree' will do the rest.
"He's out of there," Rogers said. "As soon as he goes by and just swoops away, I'm like there you go. He's in the end zone already. We just celebrating."
But from now on, if someone accidentally kicks it to Jackson and he returns another kickoff for a touchdown, Rogers plans to congratulate him on the sideline once he returns from the end zone.
"Catch him at the sideline and I'll catch him later. Because he's going to have to go right back on the field for defense. I don't know how he runs it backs and go right in on defense. The kid is amazing. Always has gas. It's an honor to play with Adoree' Jackson."
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound receiver is also enjoying playing with new quarterback Sam Darnold after the redshirt freshman passed for 253 yards, completing 18 of his 26 attempts, including five receptions by Rogers.
"The offense is more spread open," Rogers said of Darnold's impact. "They have to watch for him pulling down and taking off with the ball. It just makes the offense a dual-threat offense now. Just add a little more to the table."
Rogers now has to be more cognizant of what his quarterback is doing since Darnold has the ability to extend plays.
"When he's on the run, he's still looking for the pass or run. [I] just try to make myself another option for him and another outlet so he can keep the drive going," Rogers said. "Find a little slight window. He will zip it in there."
With defenses paying special attention to JuJu Smith-Schuster on the other side of the field, Rogers has been the Trojans' leading receiver this season with 211 yards. He has 18 catches, one behind Smith-Schuster for the team lead.
Watch as Darreus Rogers responds to critics that say Smith-Schuster isn't being targeted enough as well as talks about blocking for Jackson, playing with Darnold and assesses his senior season a third of the way through.
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