|83 Steven Rogers|
Finally reached the summit after a patient climb up positional depth chart during career ... Projected as a starter at one of the wide receiver positions opposite Jamar Bryant to open senior season ... Level of contributions, which includes an eight-start campaign in 2006, have increased each year after turning in an unselfish effort as a scout team performer during his first two years in the ECU program ... Offers the coaching staff with a quick, consistent and disciplined option as a pass catcher and blocker, minus of much fanfare and flash ... Made one catch for 11 yards in first spring scrimmage (3/23) before hauling in two passes for 10 yards and a TD a week later (3/30) ... Recorded one catch for four yards during the '07 Purple-Gold Game.
2006: Established himself as a solid "No. 2" receiver playing opposite of Aundrae Allison ... Started eight of 13 games played ... Drew starting nods against Memphis, Virginia, Tulsa, SMU, Southern Miss, UCF, Rice and N.C. State ... Ranked fifth on the team in receptions (22) and fourth in receiving yards (378) ... On receiving end of one touchdown, grabbing a 34-yard pass from fellow receiver Allison vs. Marshall (11/11) ... Recorded at least one catch in 12 of 13 games played ... Sixteen of 22 catches went for 10 or more yards, while six went for 20 or more ... Reeled in three receptions for 30 or more yards (34, 44 and a career-long 51-yarder) ... vs. Navy (9/2): Finished opener with two catches for 25 yards ... vs. UAB (9/9): Pocketed one reception for four yards in the first quarter ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Caught two balls for 23 yards ... ... vs. WVU (9/23): Hauled down one pass for ten yards ... vs. UVA (10/7): Was held catch-less for only time of season vs. Cavaliers ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Had one catch for 23 yards that came position mate Bobby Good on a reverse ... vs. SMU (10/21): Snagged three passes for a career-high 90 yards ... Also established a new career-long reception (51 yards) in the first quarter from James Pinkney ... vs. USM (10/28): Caught a career-high four balls for 44 yards, including three of 10 or more yards (14, 12 and 11) ... Recorded first career rush on a reverse for four yards in the third quarter ... Had one punt return (-1 yard) ... vs. UCF (11/4): Booked one reception for 13 yards and returned one punt for eight yards ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Tallied two catches for 51 yards, including his first career TD reception in the fourth quarter ... Also returned two punts for 24 yards ... vs. Rice (11/18): Caught one pass for 15 yards in the in the second quarter ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Made three receptions for 63 yards, which included a 44-yarder in the second quarter on a second-and nine play at Carter-Finley Stadium ... vs. USF (12/23): Recorded one catch for 17 yards in the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Reception came via a Rob Kass toss in the fourth quarter.
2005: Played in six games - Southern Miss, Memphis, UCF, Tulsa, Marshall and UAB ... Made first pair of collegiate starts against Thundering Herd and Blazers ... Logged a total of four catches for 48 yards (12.0 ypg) ... Picked up a pair of receptions in two difference contests ... Tallied multiple catches against Tulsa (2-27) and UAB (2-21) in season finale ... Had long reception of 17 yards vs. the Blazer.
2004: Spent majority of season on the developmental roster and scout team but earned promotion to travel roster and appeared in two games late in the season ... Experienced action in contests against USF in Tampa and vs. N.C. State at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium ... Did not record any statistics ... Starred in East Carolina's junior varsity squad's win over Hargraves Military Academy at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium Oct. 12 ... Logged a team-high four catches for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... Was on the receiving end of a 39-yard fleaflicker pass from Will Bland and also snared a 19-yard scoring toss from quarterback Patrick Pinkney.
2003: Redshirted ... Lauded for efforts and contributions on the Pirates' offensive scout team.
High School: A two time first-team all-area choice ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's All-State squad (honorable mention) as a senior ... Rated as No. 118 receiver prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com ... Ranked as the No. 54 overall prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep Magazine ... Caught 59 passes for 810 yards and six touchdowns as a senior for coach Lee Chomskis ... Made 63 receptions for 907 yards during junior year ... Defensively, netted a pair of interceptions as a safety ... Timed at 4.5 in the 40 during prep testing ... Named the Augusta Metro Area's Male Athlete-of-the-Year by the Greater Augusta Sports Council ... Also earned letters in basketball as a three-year starter.
Personal: Full name is Steven Gregory Rogers, Jr. ... Born January 8, 1985 at Augusta, Ga. ... Major is communications ... Cites rabid fan base as the best thing about playing at East Carolina ... Enjoys golf as top hobby ... Lists Pistol Pete Maravich as favorite pro athlete and Dick Vitale as top sports broadcaster ... Credits father as most influential person on development of career ... People tell him he bears a physical likeness to President Thomas Jefferson.