AT TECH: Two-year starter and two-time all-conference selection at defensive end . . . One of the best all-around athletes on the team with excellent speed, strength and agility . . . Teamed with Greg Gathers to give Tech one of the nation?s best tandems at defensive end in 2000-01 . . . Over the last two seasons, Rogers and Gathers combined for 38 sacks and 63 tackles for loss . . . Ranks eighth in Tech history in career sacks (16.5) and seventh in career tackles for loss (31) . . . One of Tech?s permanent team captains for 2001 . . . Played in the All-Star Gridiron Classic in Orlando, Fla., following his senior season . . . Sixth-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002.
2001: Second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection for the second straight year . . . Second on the team to Gathers with six sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 26 quarterback pressures . . . Fifth on the team with 64 tackles . . . Career-high 10 tackles against Maryland with two sacks . . . Had two tackles for loss and one sack against Georgia.
2000: Earned second-team all-ACC honors . . . Fourth in the ACC with nine sacks . . . Led the league with six fumbles caused . . . Tech?s third-leading tackler with 62, including 13 tackles for loss . . . Credited with 16 quarterback pressures and two pass breakups . . . Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play against Duke, when he had seven tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble . . . Career-high nine tackles with one sack and three pressures in Tech?s win over Clemson . . . Caused three fumbles against Navy . . . Had two sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble against North Carolina . . . Added two sacks and three pressures against NC State . . . Named Tech?s Most Improved Defensive Player.
1999: Played in nine games and started five while moving between linebacker and defensive end . . . Started the first two games at linebacker, moved to defensive end for the next three and then returned to linebacker . . . Made 36 tackles with 1.5 sacks and six tackles for loss . . . Career-high seven tackles against top-ranked Florida State with a sack and a tackle for loss . . . Also had seven tackles against NC State with one tackle for loss and an interception that he returned 17 yards . . . Had three tackles behind the line of scrimmage against Maryland . . . Missed the Clemson and Wake Forest games with a broken hand and played sparingly against Georgia . . . An excellent athlete with very good speed . . . Played on special teams in 1998 and made one tackle . . . Redshirted in 1997.
HIGH SCHOOL: Honorable mention all-state running back at St. Pius X High School . . . Rushed for 849 yards, 12 touchdowns and a 6.1 yards-per-carry average as a senior . . . Earned all-DeKalb County honors . . . Lettered three times each in football, basketball and track . . Team captain for coach John Alexander.
PERSONAL: Full name is Nicholas Quixote Rogers . . . Parents are Fredrick and Theresa Rogers . . . Born May 31, 1979 . . . Older brother, Phillip, was a running back (1995-99) for the Yellow Jackets, while younger sister Dana is a freshman on Tech?s track team . . . Majoring in Management . . . Earned his degree in May 2003.
Year G-GS P-A Tkl TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR 1998 5-0 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1999 9-6 24-12 36 6-22 1.5-13 1 0 1-17 1 5 2000 11-11 47-15 62 13-108 9-86 6 0 0 2 16 2001 12-12 41-23 64 12-30 6-22 1 0 0 1 26 Total 37-29 113-50 163 31-160 16.5-121 8 0 1-17 4 47
Tackles: 10 vs. Maryland, 2001 TFL: 3 vs. Maryland, 1999; Duke, 2000 Sacks: 2 vs. four teams FC: 3 vs. Navy, 2000 PR: 3 vs. three teams