According to a report from Matt Zenitz of 247Sports, Will Rogers is planning on leaving Mississippi State to enter the transfer portal.
In his final game for the Bulldogs last night, Rogers completed 25-of-39 passes for 207 yards. He also had 10 rushing yards and one TD on three attempts.
The 17-7 home loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl ended Mississippi St.’s season with a 5-7 straight-up record and a 3-9 against-the-spread mark. The school fired first-year head coach Zach Arnett two weeks ago.
Rogers is the program’s all-time leader in career passing yards and is second in SEC history (12,315) behind only Georgia’s Aaron Murray. He missed four games this year with an arm injury.
I spent the entire offseason talking about how it would be unwise of Arnett to drift too far away from the offensive principles in Mike Leach’s Air Raid attack. Obviously, Leach wasn’t going to be around to call plays, but it was a system that Rogers had mastered and completely changing the offensive approach would be ignorant.
In eight games, Rogers completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 1,626 yards with a 12/4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. With the exception of the 12 TD passes, all of those other numbers were career-lows.
When KJ Costello sustained a concussion at Alabama in early October of Leach’s first season at the helm, Rogers became MSU’s starting QB as a true freshman for the rest of the year. In nine games, he connected on 69.1 percent of his throws for 1,976 yards with an 11/7 TD-INT ratio.
As a true sophomore in 2021, Rogers led the Bulldogs to a 7-6 record both SU and ATS. He had a 73.9 completion percentage, 4,739 passing yards and a 36/9 TD-INT ratio. The 4,739 passing yards set a single-season program record, was the second-most in SEC history and the third-most in NCAA annals.
MSU finished 2022 with a 9-4 SU record and a 7-5-1 ATS mark. Rogers completed 68.0 percent of his passes for 3,974 yards with a 35/8 TD-INT ratio. After Leach’s tragic death last December, Rogers led the Bulldogs to a 19-10 win over Illinois at the ReiliaQuest Bowl.
In 43 career games for Mississippi St., Rogers completed 69.3 percent of his passes for 12,315 yards and 94 TD passes compared to merely 28 interceptions. He also had two career rushing TDs.
When Rogers was a three-star recruit out of Brandon, MS., his only other offers were from Troy, Tulane and Washington St. That won’t be the case this time around.
Rogers will have suitors galore from all across the country.