For the second time during the offseason, BYU has seen a player get forced into retirement due to recurring injuries.
Last month, it was Chris Collinsworth. And today, as Cougar head coach Dave Rose announced, it was Stephen Rogers.
“I feel terrible for Stephen and his family,” Rose said in a statement. “He worked hard all offseason with hopes of returning to practice and helping our team this season. Stephen has had a major impact on the success of our teams the last couple years and he will be missed.”
“I’ve enjoyed my experience at BYU and I’m extremely grateful for all the support from family, friends and the fans,” Rogers said in the statement. “I look forward to supporting the team this season and doing what I can from the sidelines.”
Rogers chipped in 4.1 points and 2.2 boards as a member of Jimmer’s supporting cast in 2010-2011. Last season, he averaged 9.9 points and hit 15 threes in the first 10 games before tearing his meniscus. This will create a bit of a problem for Rose up front, as he doesn’t have much in the way of proven ability joining Brandon Davies on the front line. Look for Nate Austin’s role to become even more important now.