Injuries force UNM running back to end his college career

Posted at: 10/16/2013 10:17 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4

University of New Mexico running back Demarcus Rogers announced this week he will not finish the remainder of the season.  Lingering ankle and knee injuries have forced him off the field.

“My teammates and people within the program know I have been dealing with injuries that have kept me from reaching my full potential,” Rogers said in a released statement.  “It was not an easy choice to make, but I feel it was the best decision for me and my family.  I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to play for coach (Bob) Davie, and I’m excited about what’s next for me.  I told my teammates today that I love them and I’m rooting for them.”

Rogers, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound back from Oak Ridge, Tenn., finished his Lobo career with 108 rushes for 410 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 11 career receptions for 40 yards.

Davie called Rogers one of the toughest players he's ever coached.  "You could see he was probably 75% (healthy)," said Davie.  "You always were concerned, as hard as he ran and as hard as he played, that he was putting himself in a little bit of jeopardy because you knew he wasn't 100%.  I don't know if he ever reached his full potential because of that.  He's a really good player."