Armani Rogers Is Not Cam Newton, Got It
Let’s see Rogers play in at least one game before we compare him to former great quarterbacks
Can we pump the brakes on the Armani Rogers hype?
There was no plan to write about the absurdness of comparing UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers to former Heisman trophy and national champion quarterback Cam Newton who played at Auburn in 2010. The idea was to let the piece from Athlon Sports just fade into obscurity as most articles do but their comparison between Newton and Rogers is plain nuts. Maybe that was their plan to get people to talk about their piece, if so congrats because it is working.
The latest publication to scribe out the words from that Athlon piece is the Las Vegas Sun.
Here is the blurb from Athlon:
Rogers is probably the closest thing there is to Cam Newton in college football. He was originally going to play at Cal in the Pac-12, but instead will now bring his talents to Sin City. He enters an offense full of skill players with considerable experience.
It’s tough not to get over-excited with the potential, but Rogers could be the biggest wild card in the nation. Don’t be shocked to see him carry the Rebels to the conference title game.
STOP IT. JUST STOP IT.
Rogers has to play a single snap of post-high school football and redshirted last year. Yes, he had an offer to go to Cal and while that is a Power 5 program it is nowhere near the elite level of the SEC or Auburn.
Look, Rogers has hype as a former three-star recruit and in addition to initially committing to Cal he had offers from Utah, UCLA, Washington and Arizona State. There are good reasons to think he will do good things in Las Vegas, but let’s relax on the comparisons that are bigger than the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam combined.
Compare that to Newton who was a five-star recruit and initially committing to Florida but he was suspended from the team for stealing a laptop and then ultimately tossed it out a window to try to hide it from the police. Ultimately, those charges were dropped but he then transferred from Florida to Blinn Community College before going back to the SEC and leading Auburn to a national title.
To be fair. the comparison is physically and style of play not actually what Rogers could accomplish at UNLV.
Out of high school Rogers stood at 6-foot-5 inches and 200 pounds and Newton was the same height but had 35 pounds on Rogers. Yes, the style of play is similar as they both are dual-threat quarterbacks and in high school. Rogers ran nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns in his senior year, not amazing but pretty good.
Not to bang a dead horse but he has only practiced and played in the spring game and while he looked good in that contest it was spring football.
Rogers could surprise and be one of the best quarterbacks ever at UNLV but this pressure is huge for the young signal-caller. He does have talent around him on offense with Devonte Boyd at wide receiver, plus others, a backfield that should be a good one-two punch with Lexington Thomas and Charles Williams.
UNLV should be a better team than last year but there is a reason their win totals from sports books are around 5.5 wins and Athlon themselves places the Rebels as the 105th team in the country.
Maybe Rogers will be great by the time his career ends at UNLV and he led the Rebels to multiple conference titles, appears in a New Year’s Six bowl game and is a Heisman finalist as senior; but for now lets see how Rogers plays in the Rebels season opener against Howard.