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OSU football: Defensive tackle Anthony Rogers might have a breakout season

Rogers has a chance for a big year with James Castleman recovering from foot injury.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: August 11, 2013

“At the time, he deserved the position,” Rogers said of Castleman. “I used it as motivation to fix what I was doing wrong and come back stronger the next upcoming year.

“When I need to go right, take the right step. It seems like common sense, but when you get out there on the field, the left foot always wants to move when you're going right. I just made an effort to take the right steps, separate and shed blocks.”

Rogers also mentioned consistent effort as “something you can't maximize enough” and an area he can always progress. Additionally, Spencer pointed to endurance as a physical quality Rogers struggled with early in his career but has greatly improved.

“Not that he could go out there and run a marathon right now,” Spencer said. “… but he has gotten himself to where he can make really good plays for us and he can help us win games. I was very proud of that.”

Now Castleman is back — but with a screw in his foot and rust still to kick off. The Cowboys, of course, are counting on him to return to form by the season opener against Mississippi State.

But they're counting on Rogers, too.

“He makes a conscious effort to improve on his mistakes,” defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements said. “He likes to study film. He likes to ask questions. He's just a good guy to work with right now, and he's a good football player.

“I think he has a chance to have an excellent senior season, and we need him to do that.”

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