Armani Lee Rogers was born on December 4, 1997, he is an American football tight end for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He was a college football quarterback for the UNLV Rebels and Ohio Bobcats and holds the record for the longest run by an NCAA quarterback at 99 yards, doing so with the latter in 2021. Rogers signed with the Commanders as an undrafted free agent in 2022.
Rogers began his college career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and redshirted as a freshman. He started nine games for the Rebels during his redshirt freshman season and was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year after completing 99 of 189 pass attempts for 1,471 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions and setting a school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 780 and also rushing for eight touchdowns.
Rogers suffered a foot injury in the fourth game of his redshirt sophomore year and missed the next six games before returning and finishing the season with 601 passing yards and 10 touchdowns and 565 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Rogers transferred to Ohio as a graduate student. In 2020, he was used mostly in offensive package plays and threw for 48 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers used the extra year of eligibility granted to college athletes in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and returned to Ohio for a second season.
He started two games at quarterback and was also used in offensive packages throughout the season, finishing the season with 334 passing yards and 552 rushing yards, and seven touchdowns, including a 99-yard rushing touchdown against the Buffalo Bulls, which set an NCAA record for a quarterback.
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