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Week 3: In a 41-14 loss to LSU, Rogers was under pressure often as he completed only 11 of 26 passes for 103 yards and was sacked four times.
Week 2: Rogers threw a screen pass to Jeffery Pittman for a 29-yard touchdown in overtime, that held up for a 32-24 win over Arizona. The Bulldogs (2-0) were out-gained 431-307 in the win. Rogers was 13-of-17 for 162 yards and three touchdowns.
Week 1: In 48-7 win over SE La., Rogers completed 20 of 29 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns with one pass dropped and another batted down.
Week 0: DNP
HISTORY — from college profile
2022 (jr): Started all 13 games ... Was second in the SEC with 3,974 passing yards which was also ninth in the nation ... Finished with an SEC leading 35 passing touchdowns good for seventh in the nation ... Led the nation in completions ... Memphis (9/3): Was 38 of 49 passing and threw for a career-high 450 yards to 12 different receivers as well as five touchdowns in State’s season-opening win over Memphis ... at Arizona (9/10): Completed 39 of 49 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns ... at LSU (9/17): Threw 24 completions on 42 attempts for 214 yards and a touchdown ... Bowling Green (9/24): Tied his own MSU record with six touchdown passes on 39 of 50 passing for 409 yards ... Texas A&M (10/1): Completed 31 of 45 passes for 329 yards and a trio of touchdowns including a 75-yard touchdown, the longest pass of his career ... Arkansas (10/8): Threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns on 32 of 49 passing in the win over the Razorbacks ... Named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts ... Passed former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (2009-13) for the SEC career completions mark which was 921 ... Did so in 28 games compared to Murray's 52 ... at Kentucky (10/15): Tossed a touchdown and 203 yards on 25-of-37 passing ... at Alabama (10/22): Completed 30 of his 60 passes for 231 yards ... Auburn (11/5): Threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns through the air on 42-of-59 passing ... Had a season-long rush of 15 yards ... Georgia (11/12): Had 29 completions on 51 attempts for 261 yards and a touchdown ... ETSU (11/19): Was 30-of-37 for 301 yards and five touchdowns in State's win ... at Ole Miss (11/24): Threw for 239 yards with two touchdowns while completing 27 passes in State's Egg Bowl victory ... vs. Illinois (1/2): Was 29-of-44 for 261 yards and a touchdown ... Rushed three times for seven yards.
2021 (soph): Started all 13 games … Led the SEC in passing yards per game (364.5) … Finished third in the FBS in total passing yards (4,739) … His 4,739 passing yards were the third most in SEC single-season history … Ranked second in the SEC and seventh in the nation in passing touchdowns (36) … Joined 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU as the only quarterbacks in college football over the last 22 seasons to throw for 4,700+ yards and 35+ touchdowns while completing at least 73 percent of passes … Also joined Burrow as the only SEC quarterbacks to average 360+ passing yards per game game in a season since at least 2005 … After breaking nearly every freshman passing mark in MSU history in 2020, broke 25 more records during his sophomore season in 2021, including Dak Prescott’s records for single-season total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns that Prescott set as a fourth-year junior and fifth-year senior … Finished the regular season with a streak of 10 straight 300+ yard passing games … At the time, the only quarterbacks with a longer streak dating back to 2004 were fellow Mike Leach proteges Graham Harrell (16) and Gardner Minshew II (11) … Led the SEC and set a school record in red-zone touchdown passes (26) … Delivered impressive numbers in the fourth quarter during the regular season: passing yards – 1,045 (1st FBS), completion percentage – 76.7 (1st SEC), passing touchdowns – 11 (1st SEC, 2nd FBS), completions for a first down – 57 (1st FBS), completions for 15+ yards – 20 (T-1st SEC) and completions for 25+ yards – 7 (2nd SEC) … In SEC games: passing yards per game – 372.1 (1st), passing yards – 2,977 (1st), completion percentage – 74.7 (1st), passing touchdowns – 22 (2nd), 300-yard passing games – 8 (1st), 400-yard passing games – 3 (1st) ... Louisiana Tech (9/4): Was 39 of 47 passing for 370 yards and three touchdowns in State's season-opening win over the visiting Bulldogs ... NC State (9/11): Was 33 for 49 for 294 yards and two touchdown passes in the win over the Wolfpack ... at Memphis (9/18): Completed 50 of 67 passes for 419 yards and three touchdowns on the road against the Tigers ... LSU (9/25): Completed over 75 percent of his passes (47-of-62) for 371 yards and three touchdowns ... at Texas A&M (10/2): Was 46 of 59 passing for 408 yards and three touchdowns in State's road win over the Aggies ... at Vanderbilt (10/23): Was 41 of 57 passing for 384 yards and four touchdowns ... Kentucky (10/30):Completed 92 percent of his passes (36-of-39) for 344 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Wildcats ... at Arkansas (11/6): Was 36 of 48 for 417 yards and four touchdown passes ... at Auburn (11/13): Was 44 of 55 with 415 yards and a school record six touchdowns ... Tennessee State (11/20): Was 28 of 34 for 391 yards and five touchdown passes ... Had a career-long 56-yard completion ... Ole Miss (11/25): Was 38 of 58 for 336 yards and a touchdown ... It marked his 10th straight 300-yard passing game ... vs. Texas Tech (12/28): Was 32 of 53 for 290 yards and a touchdown in the 2021 Liberty Bowl.
2020 (fr): Appeared in nine games with six starts ... Became the first true freshman to start a game in Mike Leach’s head coaching career … Sat No. 3 in the NCAA and led in the SEC in completions per game (26.5) ... Was No. 10 in the FBS and No. 3 in the SEC in completion percentage (69.1) ... Ranked No. 44 in the NCAA and No. 8 in the SEC in yards passing (1,976) ... Sat No. 48 nationally and No. 6 in the SEC in passing yards per game (219.6) ... Was No. 63 in the FBS and No. 8 in the SEC in total offense (215.0) ... Sat No. 64 in the NCAA and No. 8 in the SEC in passing touchdowns (11) ... Ranked No. 83 nationally and No. 10 in the SEC in passing efficiency (123.5) ... Led all FBS true freshmen in drop backs (392), completions (239), completion percentage (69.6) and passing yards (1,976) in 2020.One of nine MSU true freshmen to debut in 2020 ... One of 27 players to make their Mississippi State debut in 2020 ... One of 26 Bulldogs to make their first career start in 2020 ... Became the seventh true freshman to start at quarterback in MSU history ... Just the fourth MSU true freshman to make his first career start in an SEC game ... Completed a school-record 45 passes at Ole Miss, which passed K.J. Costello's mark from earlier in 2020 (43; Arkansas) ... His 35 completions versus Vanderbilt surpassed Wesley Carroll's 29 completions at Little Rock in 2007 for the freshman single-game record, a mark he bested twice more in 2020 ... First quarterback in program history with three straight games of 30-plus completions ... Just the third quarterback in program history with back-to-back games of 30+ completions, joining Dak Prescott (2015: 38 - at Arkansas; 31 - Ole Miss) and Costello (2020: 36 - at LSU; 43 - Arkansas) ... Owned a streak of 177 passing attempts without an interception from Oct. 31-Nov. 14 ... Combined with Jo'quavious Marks and Jaden Walley to make MSU the only FBS program starting true freshmen at quarterback, running back and wide receiver ... Led all NCAA quarterbacks in completions (121) during the month of November per PFF ... Only quarterback in the NCAA with 1,000 passing yards and zero interceptions in November per PFF ... One of two Power Five quarterbacks without an interception in November (Ian Book, Notre Dame) … First MSU freshman to post multiple 300-yard passing games ... Set the single season mark for completions by a freshman (239), surpassing Wesley Carroll from 2007 (143) … Finished No. 9 in single-season history with 1,976 yards, which is a freshman record … Had 45 completions at Ole Miss (11/28) which was No. 2 in SEC history behind Tim Couch of Kentucky (1998) ... Posted the single game record for completions (45) and attempts (61) at Ole Miss (11/28), moving past K.J. Costello's marks for completions (43) versus Arkansas (10/3/20) and attempts (60) at LSU (9/28/20) ... Set the freshman record for total offense yards with 466 (440 passing, 26 rushing) at Ole Miss (11/28), besting Wesley Carroll's mark of 441 (421 passing, 20 rushing) against Arkansas in 2007 ... Broke the single-game freshman record for completions in a game on three occasions, most recently at Ole Miss (45; 11/28), which broke Carroll's record of 29 at Little Rock in 2007 ... Surpassed the freshman single game passing yards record with 440 at Ole Miss (11/28), moving past Carroll versus Arkansas (421) in 2007 ... Twice broke the school record for passing attempts in a game without an interception (at Georgia 52; at Ole Miss, 61) ... Has surpassed the freshman record for completions in a game on three occasions, most recently at Ole Miss (61; 11/28) … at Kentucky (10/10): Made collegiate debut ... Went 9-for-15 passing for 43 yards ... Combined with K.J. Costello to throw 70 passing attempts, setting the SEC and MSU single-game records ... The previous MSU was 60 attempts, which occurred in each of the first two games of the 2020 season, while the SEC record was 69 by LSU against Auburn in 1999 ... The duo combined for an MSU record 45 completions, a mark that ranks third in SEC history … Texas A&M (10/17): Surpassed John Bond's (81.3; Tulane, 1982) school record for completion percentage (min. 15 attempts) in a game at 83.3 percent (15-of-18) ... Connected with Malik Heath on his first career touchdown pass, a 32-yard strike in the fourth quarter ... Finished with 120 yards passing ... Earned the top offensive grade (72.0) for State, according to PFF … at Alabama (10/31): Completed a career-high 24 passes for a career-best 147 yards ... Broke a career-long run of 11 yards … Vanderbilt (11/7): Started the first game of his career ... Threw for 226 yards and one touchdown on 35-of-46 passing ... Became the seventh true freshman to start at quarterback in school history, and just the fourth to make his first start in an SEC game ... Joined Todd Jordan (1989) as the only MSU true freshman quarterbacks to throw a touchdown in their first career start ...The 226 yards passing were the most by a Bulldog true freshman in their first career start ... His 35 completions were the most by a true freshman in school history at the time, surpassing Wesley Carroll (29; at Little Rock) in 2007, and rank No. 5 in a single game in program history … at Georgia (11/21): Finished 41-of-52 passing for 336 yards and one touchdown ... His 41 completions broke his own freshman record of 35 set against Vanderbilt … at Ole Miss (11/28): Set the school single game record for completions (45) and attempts (61) in a game, which were each previously held by K.J. Costello (43, at LSU; 60, Arkansas) ... Broke the freshman single-game passing yards record with 440 yards, passing the mark of 421 by Wesley Carroll versus Arkansas in 2007 ... Surpassed the freshman record for total offense with 466 yards, moving past Carroll's 441 against Arkansas in 2007 ... Tossed three touchdown passes ... Rushed four times for 26 yards … Auburn (12/12): Completed 30-plus passes for the fourth straight game, which is an MSU record ... Went 30-of-51 passing for 221 yards and one touchdown ... Had a streak of 177 straight pass attempts without an interception snapped in the second quarter ... Found Austin Williams on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass … Missouri (12/19): Threw three touchdown passes and completed 21-of-36 passes for 295 yards ... Connected with Jaden Walley, Osirus Mitchell and Brad Cumbest on scoring throws ... Rushed three times for 26 yards … vs. Tulsa (12/31): Produced his fifth game without an interception ... Completed 19-of-30 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown ... Connected with Lideatrick Griffin on a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter ... Also rushed for his first career touchdown.
High School: Prepped at Brandon High School (Brandon, MS) under head coach Tyler Peterson … Three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports … Top-25 prospect in Mississippi per ESPN (No. 21), Rivals (No. 8) and 247Sports (No. 19) … Top-25 pro-style quarterback according to Rivals (No. 22) and 247Sports (No. 24) … Selected as a member of the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen for 2019 … For his career, totaled 9,093 passing yards and 79 touchdown passes … As a senior, completed 246-of-371 passing for 3,572 yards with 38 touchdowns to only three interceptions … Topped the 200-yard passing mark 11 times … Threw multiple touchdown passes in 10 games … Logged three five-plus touchdown pass performances … Rushed 20 times for 86 yards … Logged a season-high 495 passing yards and four touchdowns against Oak Grove … Tossed a season-high six touchdown passes in a win over Meridian … As a junior, led all Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 6A quarterbacks with 3,009 yards … Threw 23 touchdown passes … Eclipsed 200 yards passing in 10 games … Threw a touchdown pass in 13 contests … As a sophomore, logged 2,476 passing yards and 18 scoring tosses … Competed in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game as a senior … Returned from a second-quarter injury to throw a pair of touchdown passes – one to tie the game with the clock running down in regulation and one in overtime – to lead Team Mississippi past Team Alabama, 17-16 … Committed to MSU on January 23, 2018.
Born William Wyatt Rogers on August 19, 2001 … Son of Judy and Wyatt Rogers … Has one sister, Anna Grace, and one brother, Luke … Sister Anna Grace is a graduate student at Mississippi State, after earning her undergraduate degree at Ole Miss … Majoring in marketing … Twitter handle is @Wrogers__2.
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