AMES, Iowa – Iowa State fans are eagerly awaiting the debut of redshirt freshman Charlie Rogers in 2013. Rogers, who redshirted last season in his first year in Ames, was an all-state quarterback at Iowa City West High School, amassing 3,319 yards of total offense as a senior in 2011.
The Cyclone staff moved the prep star to defensive back and he’s already made quite an impression. Rogers is slated to be a significant contributor at cornerback for the Cyclones in 2013.
Cyclones.com caught up with Rogers recently to talk about the upcoming season.
How difficult was it to sit out last year as a redshirt?
“It was one of the toughest things that I’ve been through. My freshman year, there were a lot of ups and downs. Now I’m just grateful to be a part of this team. We have teammates that treat you more like brothers, guys who bring you up and let you know that your time is coming soon. I look up to Jacques (Washington) a lot. He’s been here a while and knows what he’s doing. Also, [Jeremiah George], guys like them, I look forward to seeing them every day, so that I can do the things that they’re doing. “
Last year was a redshirt season. This year you have a chance to play significant minutes. How does that make you feel?
“It’s awesome. It’s all about the work that you put in each day. The coaches see how much I work, and they stuck me in on defense, somewhere they thought I’d fit. I’ve taken it, and I’m going to run with it. If they tell me to play corner, I’ll play corner. If they tell me to play nickel, I’ll play nickel. If I have to play safety, I’ll play safety. I really just want to be on the field, and I’m going to do everything that I have to do to put myself in a good situation.”
Did you ever believe you would have a chance to play right away as a freshman?
“I did believe that, a couple of years down the road, I would be able to work myself into some playing time, whether it’s on special teams or actually playing on offense or defense. I just didn’t know where. I take everything, process it and put myself in the best position. That’s what I did, and that’s how I got here today. It’s not something that I’m going to stop doing because it’s something that shows how much you want it.”
Are you happy with your decision to come to Iowa State?
“Very happy. I’m really grateful to be on this team with the teammates that I have. I’ve built bonds over the first year with the other kids in my class, and the upper classmen have shown me a lot of the things that I’m going to have to do. They don’t verbally tell me, but you watch them, see how they handle themselves, then you do those things yourself. That’s how a program gets built. That’s how a program gets stronger.”