CLEMSON – Korie Rogers has left the Clemson University football team, coach Dabo Swinney announced Saturday after the Tigers’ second scrimmage of fall camp.
Rogers, a redshirt freshman from Flowery Branch, Georgia, was projected to provide depth at linebacker this season.
“He just doesn’t want to play football anymore,” Swinney said of Rogers, who majors in pre-business. “He just wants to go to school and get a job and go to work. He’s got some career goals that he’s interested in.”
Swinney repeatedly expressed disappointment in Rogers’ decision, not because of Rogers’ future plans or because of the hit to the roster. Swinney said he saw potential in Rogers and hates to see him ignore it.
“This is a kid that was going to play this year and play a lot. He had the chance to be a special player. All the tools in the world,” Swinney said. “This kid has got a gift to play the game, but you’ve got to want to do it. He just decided that he doesn’t love it and doesn’t want to do it. We wish him well.”
Swinney said Jalen Williams, a 6-foot, 225-pound first-year freshman from Columbia, most likely will be promoted to Rogers’ spot on the depth chart.