|6 J.R. Rogers|
A quick and shifty running back who provided an increasingly thin Pirates' backfield with a sizable lift in 2008 after utilizing an unconventional redshirt season following a transfer from junior college in 2007 ... Coaching staff elected for redshirt year due to the added depth and return of eventual first-round NFL draft choice Chris Johnson to the tailback position in '07 ... Will open final season in the East Carolina program as a top reserve behind Brandon Jackson and Dominique Lindsay but should still experience extensive playing time in a multitude of possible offensive formations ... Also could experience action on various special teams squads ... Rushed for 37 yards on 13 carries while making two catches for 12 yards in the first spring scrimmage (4/4) ... Picked up a team-high 49 ground yards on 11 attempts and recorded a pair of receptions for 20 yards in second contest (4/8) ... Ran for a unit-best 51 yards on 14 carries and caught a team-leading five passes for 31 yards during Purple-Gold Game (4/18) ... Closed out the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown ramble midway through the fourth quarter.
2008: Bounced back from redshirt season in 2007 and fall camp injuries to play solid role in the Pirates' three-running back rotation ... Played in 10 games and made only start against Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as part of ECU's two-tailback scheme (with Brandon Simmons) ... Overall, rushed for 134 yards on 33 carries - an average of 4.1 yards per attempt ... Posted a personal-long run of 25 yards on two occasions (vs. Tulsa in the Conference USA Championship Game and vs. Kentucky) ... Racked up a career-high 54 ground yards on a personal-best 10 carries at UAB to help Pirates clinch their first divisional title ... Caught six passes for 16 yards with a long gain of nine (Southern Miss) on first reception of season ... Also returned only kickoff for 36 yards vs. Blazers and tallied only special teams tackle against UTEP ... Fought through rib and ankle injuries during preseason camp which sidelined him for the opener against Virginia Tech ... Made ECU debut vs. West Virginia but did not record offensive or special team statistics ... In addition to missing action vs. the Hokies, also sat out contests against Tulane, Houston and Virginia ... Opened notable UAB performance with a 14-yard rush on first carry before following with a nine-yarder on next attempt ... Added a 29-yard ground effort vs. UTEP prior to back-to-back 25-yard post-season outings against Tulsa and Kentucky.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with Skip Holtz' program in February, 2007.
Junior College: An All-Region III performer and an All-America choice (honorable mention offense) in 2006 according to the 47th Annual J.C. Grid-Wire ... Helped Renegades to an 11-2 mark and a perfect 8-0 Western State Conference (Northern Division) mark ... Also led Bakersfield to a pair of post-season wins - a 36-12 victory over Citrus College in the Golden Empire Bowl and a 13-6 triumph over Grossman in the SoCal semifinals before a season-ending 23-20 setback against El Camino in the SoCal Championship Game ... Capped junior college career as Bakersfield's fourth-leading all-time rusher with 2,162 yards and 25 touchdowns ... Finished sophomore campaign with a total of 1,179 ground yards and 12 touchdowns in 2006 after picking up 983 and 13 scores as a freshman in 2005 ... Wrapped up regular season play with 911 yards and eight TDs on 179 carries (5.1 ypr) during second season ... Also recorded three catches for 82 yards (27.3 ypr) and a touchdown out of the backfield ... Averaged 21.5 yards per kickoff return (6-129) ... Topped Bakersfield in regular season scoring with a total of nine TDs (54 points) and all-purpose yards (1,122) ... Rushed for a season-high 187 yards in the regular season finale at Allan Hancock (Nov. 11) ... Included in the rushing total was a career-long 85-yard run vs. the Bulldogs ... Posted a season-high 29 carries vs. Santa Barbara (Oct. 21) ... Closed out career with a 114-yard, one touchdown effort (24 attempts) vs. El Camino in the SoCal title contest ... Junior college coach was Jeff Chudy.
High School: Prepped at Raleigh's Sanderson High School ... Rushed for 1,456 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in 2004 ... A noted track standout, competed in the 2004 Nike Outdoor Nationals and anchored his 4x100 relay squad to a 41.5 showing.
Personal: Full name is James Robert Rogers ... Born December 6, 1987 ... A communications major.