FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas offensive line, already coming off a difficult year, will now have to replace someone who was expected to be a key cog next season.
Zach Rogers, who started five games at center last year, won’t return for his senior season. Arkansas has yet to publicly annoucne the move.
Rogers played in three games his freshman year out of Hebron High in Texas, then played in another three his sophomore season. Naturally, Rogers served as a center, but with the difficulty the Arkansas offensive line had the last two years, he doubled as a guard for some snaps, too. When All-American Frank Ragnow was lost for the season halfway through last year, Rogers stepped back over to center and took over there for the rest of the campaign.
Rogers is not transferring, per a source. He is just not going to play football any longer. Rogers has already graduated and, according to Danny West at HawgSports, he is pursuing a career in law enforcement in northwest Arkansas.
It’s unclear who the first-team center will be now in the spring. Dylan Hays served as third-team center last year for the bulk of the season, but also was moved to defensive line in 2017. Jackson Hannah was the team’s scout-team center. Also among consideration will likely be Ty Clary, who started a handful of games at right guard last year in his freshman season.