Then his name ascended to 2nd string at fullback on the depth chart.
Today, the ascension was completed.
Sam Rogers, the most decorated football player in the first decade of history at Hanover High School, was announced late Tuesday afternoon as the starting fullback for Virginia Tech when the Hokies open their 2013 season next Saturday in Atlanta against two-time defending National Champion Alabama in Atlanta.
Remember that Rogers was a walk-on freshman when he arrived at Blacksburg. He received two FCS scholarship offers, but in a conversation with HCS last December, he spoke at length about his desire to play college football at the highest level, even if that meant doing it the hard way.
Here's a portion of the profile of Rogers that ran in the Herald-Progress at the end of 2012.