Oregon defensive lineman Casey Rogers announces return for 2023
Oregon defensive lineman Casey Rogers will return in 2023 for what will be his second season with the Ducks.
The soon-to-be senior defender spent four seasons at Nebraska before transferring to Oregon last offseason. His position coach, Tony Tuioti, made the move from Lincoln to Eugene, prompting Rogers and Jordon Riley to follow.
Both became instant-impact producers on the defensive line. Riley is out of eligibility, but Rogers announced on social media Tuesday evening he will use his sixth year to stay with the Ducks.
— Casey Rogers (@caseyrogers99) January 11, 2023
The 6-foot-5 Rogers started all 13 games for the Ducks this past season, notching 34 tackles to go with 3.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups, and one touchdown against Eastern Washington. He was the most relied-upon of Oregon’s interior defensive linemen, seeing nearly 100 more snaps than the next man up on the depth chart.
Rogers figures to regain his starting spot at defensive tackle, but Oregon should have good competition along the defensive front. Popo Aumavae is back, as are Mase Funa and Brandon Dorlus. Keyon Ware-Hudson should factor into the mix as well.
Meanwhile, the 2023 class adds six interior defensive linemen to the group. Johnny Bowens, a 4-star from Texas, has already enrolled, as has 5-star edge rusher Matayo Uiagalelei.