SALEM, Virginia – Record-setting senior wide receiver Eric Rogers capped his career in fine fashion Friday afternoon as he was named to the D3football.com First Team All-America. Rogers becomes just the sixth player in CLU history to be named a First Team All-American.
The 2012 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Year rewrote the CLU record books this year for both single-season and career records breaking seven different marks including becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer. Rogers became Cal Lutheran’s all-time leading receiver after he finished the year with 91 catches for 1,298 yards and 18 TDs. The Duarte, Calif. native pushed his career total to 45 touchdowns, breaking the old scoring record by 34 points.
Rogers was especially dominant during conference play. In league games alone the six-foot-four target hauled in 61 catches for 868 yards and 15 touchdowns. He averaged 124 yards per game through the air and 14.2 yards per catch. He also added four rushes for 57 yards, to average an identical 14.2 yards per carry. Three of those four carries ended with touchdowns. The versatile senior also threw a pair of passes, one for a 26 yard touchdown. The four year letter-winner earned First Team All-SCIAC honors in 2011 and 2010 while earning Second Team in 2009. Rogers and the rest of his senior teammates never lost a SCIAC conference game, going a perfect 25-0 from 2009-12.
Cal Lutheran has now had a D3football.com First Team All-America selection in each of the past two seasons. Justin Haulcy-Bateman was a First Team selection at cornerback a year ago.
Redlands kicker Kevin Grady who was named to the Second Team, was the only other SCIAC player honored.