The USC wideout earned his No. 1 jersey through hard work and is primed for a big senior season.
Max Browne and Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns apiece, Adoree Jackson returned a punt 77 yards for a score, and USC rebounded with a 45-7 victory over Utah State on Saturday.
Justin Davis rushed for 130 yards for the Trojans, while Ronald Jones II became the top freshman rusher in USC history.
Cody Kessler completed 30 of 41 passes for 248 yards and two scores for USC.
Cody Kessler finished the regular season with 3,505 yards passing and 36 TDs.
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2016: The sure-handed Rogers returns as a starting wide receiver as a senior in 2016.
2015: Rogers started at wide receiver as a junior in 2015. Overall in 2015 while appearing in 12 games (all but Washington and Utah) and starting 11 times (all but Washington, Notre Dame and Utah), he had 28 catches (third on USC) for 289 yards (10.3 avg) with 3 TDs. He strained his hamstring versus Arizona State and missed the Washington game, then re-strained it at Notre Dame and sat out versus Utah.
He has 2 catches for 24 yards against Arkansas State, a 12-yard reception versus Idaho and 4 catches for 44 yards against Stanford. He had 4 grabs for 34 yards at Notre Dame and 3 for 16 yards at California. He had a 14-yard catch at Colorado, 5 catches for 53 yards at Oregon with a 27-yard TD , 2 receptions for 32 yards (with a stretched-out 20-yard TD) against UCLA, 4 catches for 35 yards against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and 2 catches for 25 yards (with a 7-yard TD) plus a 1-yard run versus Wisconsin.
2014: Rogers played a key role at wide receiver as a sophomore in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games (with 3 starts, against Arizona, Colorado and Utah), he had 21 receptions for 245 yards (11.7 avg) with 4 TDs, plus 1 punt return for 5 yards (5.0 avg), 1 kickoff return for 11 yards (11.0 avg), 1 carry for 5 yards (5.0 avg) and 1 tackle.
He had 5 catches for 60 yards against Fresno State, a 14-yard TD reception at Boston College and he caught a 48-yard Hail Mary at the end of the first half against Oregon State. He had 4 catches for 34 yards and also had a tackle against Arizona State, 2 grabs for 20 yards at Arizona, an 8-yard catch and a 5-yard punt return against Colorado and 2 catches for 20 yards (with a 4-yard TD) and had a 5-yard run at Utah. He had an 11-yard kickoff return against California, an 11-yard reception at UCLA and 2 catches for 20 yards with a 6-yard TD against Notre Dame. He had 2 catches for 10 yards against Nebraska.
2013: Rogers, who originally signed with USC in February of 2012 but did not attend USC in the 2012 fall semester, enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 and participated in spring drills. He served as an often-used backup wide receiver as a first-year freshman in 2013. Overall in 2013 while appearing in 11 games (he missed the Utah State, Arizona State and Arizona games after spraining his right ankle against Boston College) and starting 4 times (Washington State, Utah, California, Colorado), he had 22 receptions for 257 yards (11.7 avg), plus he returned a punt 5 yards (5.0 avg) and had a tackle. He missed the last half of 2013 spring practice with a shoulder and hamstring injuries.
He had a 7-yard catch and a tackle against Washington State and a 5-yard punt return against Boston College. He returned at Notre Dame and had 6 catches for 60 yards, then added 5 receptions for 62 yards against Utah. He had an 11-yard reception at Oregon State, 2 catches for 8 yards at California, a 14-yard catch against Stanford, 3 grabs for 56 yards at Colorado and an 8-yard reception against UCLA.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2011 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-L.A. City first team, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Wave Newspapers All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Marine League Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver at Carson (Calif.) High. He had 64 receptions for 1,251 yards (19.5 avg.) with 10 TDs in 2011. Carson played in the 2011 L.A. City Division I final.
As a junior in 2010, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay second team and All-Marine League while getting 45 receptions for 1,347 yards (29.9 avg.) with 8 TDs.
PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH DARREUS ROGERS
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT DARREUS ROGERS
Michael Lev, Orange County Register: “Darreus Rogers has been the steadiest USC wide receiver this (2015) spring—consistent, reliable and trustworthy.”