"All" of the moves he used to win the dance contest were learned in his hip hop class.
He says the classes have helped his footwork, which is "really good," according to wide receivers coach Tee Martin. But there’s no denying his hands.
"He’s probably got the biggest hands in the room at receiver," Martin said. "Very, very strong hands. He can make those challenge catches — catches under duress, catches in traffic because his hands are so strong."
As a freshman in 2013, Rogers secured the third wide receiver spot behind Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor and snagged 22 balls while averaging 11.7 yards per catch.
In 2014, with the departure of Lee, Rogers’ role is expected to increase tremendously in Sarkisian’s system as he is expected to transition from role player to featured receiver.
"I think the challenge for a guy like Darreus is finding the consistency factor of knowing you’re not the third wide who goes in, kind of, every other down or every third down, that you’re out there all the time," Sarkisian said, "and how important that the little things are from a preparation standpoint of the quarterback’s counting on you to be right in your alignment and in your assignment every time you go. That takes time. That takes maturing."