I am going to miss regular season college football. I know we have a little over a month of the season technically remaining to watch, but regularity and the Saturday traditions aren’t the same when you get into bowl season. The bowls are so spread out that you don’t have that feeling of sitting down on your couch at 10:00 a.m. and not moving until 2:00 a.m.
You never want to miss a moment. You want to be around for it all. You want to be able to go up to your friends on Sunday and say, “did you see that game!?”
On the final week of the regular season, the “did you see that” moment came in the highest-scoring college football game in FBS history when Texas A&M defeated LSU by a score of 74-72, in a game that took seven overtimes to complete. With such a game, there were, of course, plenty of highlights to be had. There were a handful of memorable performances on both sides of the ball for each team, but one stood out to me more than others, and that was the performance of Texas A&M WR Kendrick Rogers.
When you highlight someone’s performance in college football you’re usually saying things like “they had eight catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns” or something crazy. With Rogers, his performance was monumental, but it only came out to three catches of 53 yards and two scores. But each of those three catches were game-changers, and it’s why, though his production is low, Rogers deserves your full attention.
The first catch in the LSU game is seen above in the third overtime period. That insane grab seen above was just his first catch of the game.
I don’t even have words to describe that catch other than it should have never happened. Not only was Rogers getting draped all over with pass interference (which was called), he had to fully extend to even touch the ball, had the soft hands to tip it up, and was able to reel it in.
It was one of the best catches of the season, if not the best outright.
It was as if after that first touchdown the Aggies remembered that they have an alien in their receiving group and actually started to use Rogers throughout the overtime periods.
In the play above, on 4th down with the game on the line, they once again looked Rogers way and he delivered.
Above is another angle of Rogers’ second touchdown.
The length and reach that Rogers has is crazy. He’s listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s even taller than that. His wingspan might be, anyways. Rogers’ catch radius is not of this world, and he is comfortable extending his hands fully to catch — which is key for getting the most out of his size.
It was only fitting that after his first two touchdowns, Rogers was the man the Aggies went back to with their two-point conversion to win it.
There wasn’t really anything special from Rogers in the play above, but what is most noteworthy is the fact that he became their go-to guy after his first score in the most important moments of the game.
My question is, why in the world did it take A&M that long to get Rogers involved? And that’s a question that I’ve been asking all season.
In the team’s second game of the season against Clemson, Rogers had seven catches for 120 yards and two touchdown. After that game, his catches-per-game went: four, two, one, one, one. Then came the LSU game, in which his three catches didn’t come until after triple overtime.
In the two games this season in which Rogers has been given a chance to shine, he has about as bright as you could ask. He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, and he’s only a redshirt sophomore now, but Rogers having only 391 yards on 32 catches with just four touchdowns is absolutely criminal.
Rogers shows flashes of high-end receiver talent, sort of like a guy who also used to wear No. 13 at receiver for the Aggies not too long ago. With that size, balance and acrobatic ability to find the ball in the air, he has a ceiling that many other receiver can’t even touch. Though he is draft eligible, his lack of production makes me think he’ll likely stay at A&M another year. If he does, they better get this alien of an offensive weapon the ball next year.
I’ll be sure to let you know if they do.