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The Nittany Lions will be inexperienced across the defensive front, having lost three starters for the second consecutive year. Junior Josh Gaines is the lone returnee with significant experience, providing an opportunity for Chris Rogers to take on a more significant role on defense and special teams this year. Rogers played in a competitive football game last year for the first time since his senior season at North Allegheny HS in 2003. He attended Michigan in the fall of 2004, but did not play, and transferred to Penn State following his first semester. Rogers joined the Nittany Lions for the spring semester in 2005 and sat out during the Big Ten title season. He has good size, skills and strength and will be looking to challenge for one of the starting defensive end spots when preseason camp opens. Rogers is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from Western Pennsylvania.
2006 Junior Season
In his first competition since 2003, Rogers played in four games and provided depth at defensive end. He was productive when on the field, recording tackles in contests against Akron, Youngstown State and Temple.
2005 Sophomore Season
Rogers sat out the season after transferring from Michigan following the 2004 fall semester. He did not play there as a freshman in 2004.
Rogers was a standout defensive end, linebacker and tight end at North Allegheny HS. He was named second-team all-state by the Associated Press and first-team Class AAAA North all-conference as a senior. Rogers was selected to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 and the Tribune-Review Terrific 25 as a senior and was named third-team all-state by the Pennsylvania Football News. He played much of his senior season with a broken hand, but still earned an invitation to play in the 2004 Big 33 Classic. Rogers recorded 83 tackles with 14 sacks amongst 18 tackles for loss in his career. He also caught 25 passes for 458 yards and seven touchdowns at tight end during his career. In his junior season, he recorded 75 tackles, with 12 tackles for losses, including eight sacks and had 19 catches for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Rogers also averaged 40.2 yards per punt on 40 attempts with a long of 68 yards. He was rated the nation's No. 12 tight end by Tom Lemming, the No. 10 prospect in Pennsylvania and the No. 14 inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com. He was on the Honor Roll and was a scholar-athlete award winner.
Full name is Christopher Davis Rogers. His father, Robert, was a gymnast at the University of Pittsburgh. Rogers is enrolled in the labor and industrial relations major. Born October 1, 1985.
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