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It’s Time To Give Some Respect To Will Rogers

  • Ryan Fowler
  • October 11, 2022
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Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers has remained relatively unknown. He’s yet another talent out of the SEC to become familiar with. A third-year impact player for the Bulldogs and leader of a high-octane aerial attack, Rogers—a true junior—has made it a habit of lighting up opposing defenses each and every week.

You read the tweet. A conference that has produced a litany of tier-one quarterbacks over the years, Rogers, in almost two fewer seasons than Murray, now holds the conference record for completions. Sure, connecting with wideouts 45 times a game doesn’t historically show a trend that translates to the pro game, but how can you not be impressed? And against SEC defenses to boot, yeah, Rogers looks like he’s got the goods under center. 

Still just a junior with a tandem of seasons left if he wants it, the 6-foot-2 talent has consistently showcased a skill set to keep an eye on both in his first draft-eligible season this year and down the line. The captain of a Bulldogs’ high-powered Air Raid offense, Rogers’ improvement has seen him evolve into one of the country’s elite passers both inside and outside of structure. And he’s not just dinking and dunking his way down the field, either.

Rogers has never been afraid to take shots at the roof of defenses and Rogers has made it a habit of not just taking those shots, but connecting on chunk plays time and time again. The leader among all SEC quarterbacks in completions over 20 yards (26) and touchdowns thrown 20 or more yards downfield, stuffing stat sheets doesn’t always tell the story, but production, at some point, must be recognized.

A talent that has no issue throwing on the run, to his non-arm side, or whatever arm angle to fit throws into tight windows, the ability to deliver the football both on time, accurately, and with zip usually translates to the highest levels of the game. We can draw comparisons to now New England Patriots starter Bailey Zappe. Despite competing at a mid-major program (Western Kentucky) last fall, his refined traits as a passer have seen him succeed for Bill Belichick. 

He’s not the biggest prospect, nor is he a Heisman candidate at a blueblood program. But Rogers is as refined a passer as you’ll find in the country with video-game-like production that will only continue. 

Now ranked No.16 in the country with showdowns set for the next two weeks at Kentucky and at Alabama, the onus on Rogers to continue his dominant play remains paramount if the Bulldogs look to surprise in the SEC.

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