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Name: Will Rogers 
College: Mississippi State     Number: 2
Height: 6-2   Weight: 210
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: So/2024

40 Low: 4.74
   40 Time: 4.84
  40 High: 4.93
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Weight: 210

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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: NAC

 Will Rogers, Mississippi State, Player News


  OCT 4 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will Rogers, QB, Mississippi State,...Led Mississippi State to a 26-22 win at No. 15 Texas A&M behind 408 yards passing and a career-high tying three touchdowns passing...Finished with 400+ yards passing and three touchdowns passing for the second time this season and is the only player in the SEC to accomplish that feat...Completed 78 percent of his passes (46 of 59)...Connected with nine different receivers on the night...Top target was Makai Polk who caught 13 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns...Completed five passes of 20-plus-yards to five different receivers...His 46 completions were the third most in MSU single-game history...Completed 13 of his first 14 passes in the game...Was a perfect 7-of-7 passing on State' first touchdown drive in the first quarter...In his last three games, has gone 143-of-188 (.761) while averaging 381.3 yards with three touchdown passes in each contest. - SEC Football

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  Will Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and Nathan Pickering sacked Zach Calzada in the end zone late for a safety in Mississippi State's 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday night. Rogers was sacked twice, and the Bulldogs had two false start penalties that backed them up before Nolan Mccord's 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with about eight minutes to go.

The Aggies cut the lead to two on a 44-yard field goal by Seth Small about two minutes later. Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt to get a chance to take the lead. But Calzada, a backup in his third start, was taken down by Pickering on third down for the safety to extend the lead to 26-22 with about two minutes to go, and the Bulldogs ran out the clock to secure the victory. Makai Polk had 13 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns to help Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) snap a two-game skid. It's the second straight loss for the Aggies after they won their previous 11 games and is a huge blow to a team that entered the season with national championship hopes. - Mississippi State/AP College Football


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  Mississippi State coach Mike Leach hedged ever-so slightly, but all signs point to Will Rogers leading the Bulldogs onto the field as the starting quarterback in the season opener against Louisiana Tech. Leach said after Wednesday's practice that if "we were to play today, it would be Will." When asked whether another quarterback could supplant Rogers as the starter by the time Louisiana Tech visits Davis Wade Stadium on Sept. 4, Leach said: "It's hard to tell. Difficult to say. We'll see." Much of Leach's decision to choose Rogers as the quarterback for the coach's air raid offense comes down to Rogers' consistency, Leach said, edging him over the newcomers competing for the job. Rogers started six games last season, becoming the first quarterback in program history to record 30 or more completions in three straight games.

Rogers finished with 1,976 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions - although four of those giveaways came during his first three games, where he came off the bench to replace K.J. Costello. Once Costello suffered an injury against Alabama, Rogers took over the starting job on a permanent basis. As the starter, Rogers threw 10 touchdowns compared to three interceptions, and he averaged 227.7 yards per game through the air to go with a 69.2 completion percentage. - The Clarion Ledger


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  At this time last year, Will Rogers was at home during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic wondering when he'd finally be able to practice with newly hired Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach. Fast forward to the present and Rogers has played in five games under Leach, five of which he started. As a freshman, Rogers wasn't able to begin his journey last year around this time, but this year, he's taking it all in leading up to the maroon and white spring game on April 17, which is ultra important in the rising sophomore quarterback's growth. "The biggest thing I want him to do is do a great job of commanding the unit and elevating and moving the offense," Leach said. "I think he does a great job of that." And the things Leach wants Rogers to improve on? "I'd like to further polish and more efficiently run the plays that he's already relatively good at," Leach said. "Any plays he's not so quick at reacting to, I want to speed that up. Overall, I'd like to see the ball come off his hand a little quicker as far as when he sorts what he sees and puts it on him." Rogers is the only quarterback going through spring practices who has played in a game for Mississippi State. - The Clarion Ledger

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  Mississippi State has a quarterback competition on its hands. Speaking with reporters Thursday after the Bulldogs opened spring practices, head coach Mike Leach noticeably mentioned that incumbent starter Will Rogers will have to "earn" his job over a plethora of signal-callers, including Southern Miss transfer Jack Abraham. "He's one of those guys that's a self-starter when he works and you trip over him in the film room all the time," Leach said of Rogers. "So I mean, that's a good quality. He's got to win his job, too. That's what spring is all about. All the jobs are open, and then they find it out." While no frontrunner has been named, it's presumed Rogers heads into camp with the edge given the final two months of the 2020 season he had. - The Dispatch

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  True freshman Will Rogers scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and had a 13-yard TD pass to lead Mississippi State past No. 22 Tulsa 28-26 on Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl. Jo'quavious Marks scored a rushing touchdown on the game's first possession and Emmanuel Forbes returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown for the Bulldogs (4-7), who finished the season with a second straight win in a game played at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium in steady rain and temperatures in the upper 30s.

Forbes' third-quarter touchdown was initially called back on an illegal blocking penalty, but the Big Ten Conference officiating crew reversed its ruling to a penalty on Tulsa. Deneric Prince and Corey Taylor II scored rushing touchdowns, Zach Smith had a 15-yard TD pass to Keylon Stokes and Zack Long kicked field goals of 27 and 33 yards for Tulsa (6-3, No. 24 CFP). - AP College Football


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  Will Rogers threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 51-32 victory over Missouri on Saturday. After weeks of floundering offensively, Mississippi State (3-7, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) finally got many of their young weapons working in tandem. The Bulldogs racked up 446 yards of total offense in the game, including a season-high 151 yards on the ground. Their previous high was 87 yards in a loss to Arkansas in the second game of the year.

Missouri (5-5, 5-5) logged 342 yards of total offense, but many of them after the outcome of the game was already decided, and they turned the ball over four times. This is the second-straight .500 finish for the Tigers. Mississippi State led 27-10 at the half and Jo'quavious Marks punched in another score on the opening drive of the third quarter. Marks had 12 rushes for 70 yards. Jaden Walley led all receivers with five catches for 129 yards. Rogers was 21 of 36 and had one interception. For the Tigers, Conner Bazelak was 22 of 38 for 225 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Larry Rountree led all rushers with 121 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football


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  First-year Mississippi State coach Mike Leach says he tried to inspire his team this week by showing them footage of Hall-of-Fame NFL safety Ed Reed. On some level it must've worked, especially on defense. While quarterback Will Rogers threw for only 226 yards and a touchdown and the Air Raid offense struggled, the Mississippi State defense combined for five turnovers and the team narrowly eked out a 24-17 victory over visiting Vanderbilt on Saturday. "I'm going to give Ed Reed a game ball. I don't know where he is, but I'll figure that out," Leach said. "We need more guys who can play at the intensity and work level of guys like Ed Reed, Jerry Rice. I don't know that we can ever match their work level, but it's a learned skill and it's something we need to work on."

Mississippi State (2-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) finally won its first home game under Leach after losing their first two attempts to Arkansas and Texas A&M last month. Vanderbilt (0-5, 0-5) had 478 yards of total offense, more than twice Mississippi State's total, but ultimately couldn't overcome its turnover woes. Due to a crippling mix of COVID-19 infections, injuries and suspensions, the Commodores dressed only 58 scholarship players for the game. The SEC minimum is 53. - AP College Football


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  Amid a whole lot of nothingness after a third consecutive loss, this one, a 28-14 defeat to No. 11 Texas A&M, that sure seems like something. The spark, Leach said, is true freshman quarterback Will Rogers. "That drive that Will had, when you consider the quality of team (Texas) A&M has, that drive Will had was maybe as good as I've had a freshman, especially a true freshman at his age, have before," Leach said. It was a drive that looked a lot like the ones Leach roamed the sidelines for and monitored in Lubbock, Texas and Pullman, Washington. It was a drive quarterbacked by a player who's never started a college game but in that moment looked like someone who has started plenty. Think Graham Harrell. Gardner Minshew. But only for 13 plays and 89 yards. Only for the 32-yard sideline scoring sling to junior wide receiver Malik Heath.

Rogers is nowhere near the player Harrell and Minshew were for Leach in this offense, but he showed flashes that maybe one day he could consistently be just that. He showed quite the spark, after all. "I look at Will as a young guy who has a lot of leadership in him," senior linebacker Erroll Thompson said. "He's a great player. I expect that from him." Rogers was 8-of-10 for 85 yards on the drive. He completed passes to six different receivers. He moved the Mississippi State offense down the field the way it's supposed to go. With quick passes to a variety of targets until ultimately taking the top off the defense with a pass beyond the sticks. Rogers operated the way Harrell and Minshew and so many who have come before him in Leach's Air Raid have in that moment. Not the way senior quarterback K.J. Costello has since he set the SEC passing record with 623 yards against LSU in Week 1. - The Clarion Ledger


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  Will Rogers entered the game at quarterback for Mississippi State for the second consecutive week. Rogers, the true freshman from Brandon, relieved starter K.J. Costello in the third quarter against Texas A&M after the transfer from Stanford struggled again. Costello went 15-of-22 for 99 yards and an interception while being constantly hounded by the Aggies pass rush. Mississippi State was trailing 28-7 when Rogers entered, with the lone points coming on an interception return. Rogers did orchestrate a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that culminated in a 32-yard touchdown pass to Malik Heath, and finished 15-of-18 for 120 yards and the score. MSU coach Mike Leach said postgame that the starting quarterback position would be "re-evaluated" during the bye week. Last week, Rogers was 9-of-15 for 43 yards and two interceptions after making his debut late in MSU's loss to Kentucky. - The Clarion Ledger

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