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Sept. 30, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
By Adam Nettina / USU Athletic Media Relations
Ty Rogershad the picture perfect college football career when he jogged onto the field of Kyle Field against the Texas A&M Aggies on September 19, 2009.
A powerful 6-foot-4, 292-pound Colorado native, Rogers had begun his junior year for the Aggies in much the same way his sophomore year had gone, with solid promise and continued improvement. Versatile and aggressive, the imposing lineman had just come off of a valiant effort at right tackle in preseason camp and was slated to start at right tackle before a back injury sidelined him for the season-opener at Utah.
Now back at his starting right tackle position at Texas A&M, Rogers was ready to show the overconfident fans of College Station just how far the Utah State program had come in one offseason under new head coach Gary Andersen.
Life had other plans for the Aggie lineman, however. Little did he realize that by the end of the evening the promise of his junior campaign would be cut short by a devastating injury, suffering a broken ankle and that his role on the Utah State football team would change dramatically. Removed from the field and the game he loved, Rogers faced an uncertain future as the Aggies flew back to Logan that weekend. But even as a long and tedious road to recovery stood in front of him, Rogers' thoughts were focused on one thing and one thing only, making his team better.
"I knew as soon as I got injured that it was a significant injury, and things could possibly change," recalled Rogers, whose status remained uncertain coming into this past offseason.
"It was something I was prepared for going into the season," he continued. "I took an opportunity to talk to the team, and told them that whether I was a starter or second string, my goal was to make this team better and to make this program better because I've seen where it has come from to where it's going."