Position series feature: Eli Rogers

Eli Rogers

University of Louisville junior Eli Rogers is once again expected to be a major contributor for the Cardinals' offense this season. Rogers played high school ball with U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The University of Louisville offense is loaded with weapons, including some big-time options for Teddy Bridgewater at wide receiver.

DeVante Parker is getting some NFL love, while Damian Copeland is the steady senior, James Quick is the newcomer and transfers Robert Clark and Matt Milton have drawn some attention because of their talents.

But don't forget about Eli Rogers.

The junior from Miami Northwestern was a teammate of Bridgewater's in high school and has been a big-time target for two years at U of L.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Rogers has 87 catches in two seasons at U of L and will again be a top target for Bridgewater, even with all the other weapons.

"Eli is Eli," Bridgewater said with a smile at American Athletic Conference Media Day in Newport, R.I. "He catches everything."

U of L wide receiver coach Ron Dugans said he challenged Rogers to get better in the offseason and he believes he has improved a lot.

"He's already done some really good things for us," Dugans said. "He's getting better on the small details, the route running. He's getting better and better.

"And the thing about Eli, he knows he can even be better."

Rogers started his career two years ago with 41 catches for 454 yards and one touchdown before catching 46 passes (second on the team) for 505 yards and four TDs. He averaged 11 yards a catch and had four catches for 62 yards in the AllState Sugar Bowl victory over Florida.

In the win over Florida, Rogers had a huge third-down reception on the first offensive possession of the game. He also had big third-down catches in wins over Rutgers and South Florida.

"He's made some big plays for us," Dugans said.

Rogers said he's ready to do it again. When a reporter suggested he was Bridgewater's go-to target, Rogers said, "I don't worry about that."

"It's all about play calling and the situation," Rogers said. "I see it like I'm there if he needs me. He knows me and he knows I am going to get open."

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