Oregon earns transfer commitment from Nebraska DL Casey Rogers
Make that two defensive line transfers from his old stomping ground for assistant Tony Tuioti.
The Ducks earned a commitment Wednesday from former Husker defensive lineman Casey Rogers, beating out Auburn and USC for his services. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound junior will reunite with Tuioti, his defensive line coach at Nebraska, and former NU teammate Jordon Riley, who committed to transfer to Oregon in late January.
Rogers will have two years to play for the Ducks.
COMMITTED‼️#🦆 #ScoDucks pic.twitter.com/HMlrcvg2ch
— Casey Rogers (@caseyrogers99) May 4, 2022
The Syracuse, New York, native took a redshirt year in 2018 as he rehabbed an injury, then played sparingly behind a senior-laden defensive line in 2019 that would send all three starters to the NFL. In 2020, Rogers played every game and earned a start, finishing with 24 tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack.
He was expected to take another step forward in 2021, but an injury suffered during fall camp forced him to miss the first five games of the season. He would return midway through the year and contribute 17 tackles, three TFLs, and half a sack.
Rogers would have been a likely starter along the Nebraska defensive front for the 2022 season, but decided to enter the transfer portal on April 20. He did not participate in Nebraska’s spring session after re-injuring the same knee in Nebraska’s final game of 2021, but he was expected to be ready for fall camp.
In reuniting with Tuioti, Rogers gives Oregon an experienced and versatile defensive lineman with serious size. A former Syracuse lacrosse commit in high school, Rogers has the athleticism to play inside or out on the line.