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Vols’ WR downplays Georgia showdown

Vols’ WR downplays Georgia showdown

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 7:01 pm

By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Da’Rick Rogers has gotten plenty of text messages and tweets from people taunting him about Tennessee’s meeting with Georgia. He swears he’s not letting them get to him, though.
The Calhoun, Ga., native had first committed to play for the Bulldogs but ended up signing with the Volunteers in February 2010 after Derek Dooley was hired as their coach.
“It’s just another SEC matchup. It’s just another game for us, another big game. I just take the approach of any other game because plays have to be made and games have to be won — that’s how we’re going to treat it,” Rogers said.
“I’ve just got to keep it together, stay humble and get ready to play Saturday.”
The sophomore wide receiver said he’s excited for Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) to face Georgia on Saturday, but it’s not because he wants to show the Bulldogs (3-2, 2-1) what they’re missing out by not having him as a teammate.
Instead he’s glad to get a chance to contribute after having just one catch for a loss of 3 yards in Tennessee’s 41-14 loss to Georgia last season.
“It leaves a sour taste in your mouth,” Rogers said. “You work a lot harder to fix what you did wrong last year. That’s all I’ve been doing.”
Things have changed quite a bit since then. Three of the top four Vols receivers from last year’s Georgia game have graduated, and the incredibly accurate Tyler Bray has taken over at quarterback.
Rogers is now Bray’s top target and is coming off a career game against Buffalo, a 180-yard, two-touchdown performance.
Published in The Messenger 10.6.11

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