The quarterback room for UNLV football will be less experienced if/when the 2020 season kicks off.
On Twitter this week, Armani Rogers revealed that he is set to transfer out of the UNLV football program. The quarterback confirmed that he will be entering the NCAA transfer database as a graduate. That would allow the fifth-year senior to use his final season of eligibility at another FBS program in 2020.
“I want to thank this school and all of the coaches who gave me a chance here at UNLV,” Rogers wrote. “It was a great time I had here being with my teammates who have always [shown] me support and the fans who have also been here along the way. This school will always have a special place in my heart.
“It was a tough decision for me, but I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a graduate.”
Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.
As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.
NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.
Rogers was a three-star member of the UNLV football Class of 2016. The California native was rated as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback on the 247Sports.com composite. He was the highest-rated signee for the Rebels that cycle.
After redshirting as a true freshman, Rogers had a breakout 2017 campaign. In being named as the Mountain West Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year, Rogers ran for 780 yards and eight touchdowns. he also threw for 1,471 yards and another six scores.
Where Rogers always struggled, though, was accuracy. In 350 career attempts, he completed just 174 (49.7%). That 2017 season, Rogers started nine of the 10 games in which he played. The past two seasons, however, injuries helped limit him to 11 games (five starts).
Rogers is the second Rebels quarterback to hit the portal this offseason. Earlier this month, Travis Mumphrey took a dip into the database. With the twin moves, it leaves UNLV football with just 2019 starter Kenyon Oblad and former Cal transfer Max Gilliam at the position. Oblad threw for 2,081 yards, 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions a year ago. Gilliam attempted 214 passes in 2018, but none this past season.