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Charlie Rogers set to make impact in Ames

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Charlie Rogers emerged on the scene as a big, quick, powerful quarterback at Iowa City West, but come Iowa State's season opener against UNI in 3 weeks, the Cyclones expect Rogers to prove he can be just as good on the defensive side of the ball.

"He's versatile," said senior defensive back Jacques Washington, "He can go out to one, go out in the slot. He can run, he's got size, can tackle."

Rogers, a redshirt freshman, has made his way to the top of the depth chart at defensive back, and he credits a senior teammate for helping him out with that rise.

"Deon Broomfield's helped me learn the position quicker than I thought I could," said Rogers.

At 6' 1", Charlie Rogers is a bit different than Cyclone defensive backs of the past.

"He's a big corner," said head coach Paul Rhoads, "and we haven't had a great deal of big corners in our time here.  What I mean is he's tall, he's got long arms.  That makes life harder for a wide receiver at the position"

"He's one of the tall guys we've got playing on the outside," added senior defensive back Deon Broomfield, "so when you've got a tall guy, 6, 6'1", it's hard to complete deep passes over a guy like that."

And while Rogers had a ton of success in high school, he knows he's still unproven in college ball.  That means fighting for a spot on the field, but he's excited about the prospect --

"As a corner right now, it's exciting with the spot being open, but in a defensive backfield we've got a lot of corners looking to get that spot."

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