POSTED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 4:43pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 5:50pm
Former NM State safety Donyae Coleman and wide receiver/kick returner Taveon Rogers each signed a free agent contact Saturday evening to continue their football careers. Coleman signed with the Arizona Cardinals, while Rogers signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coleman (Lynwood, Calif.) led the Aggies in tackles with 133 in 2011, while leading the team and the league in interceptions with six. Coleman also led the league in fumble recoveries with three, while tallying seven pass break-ups and three forced fumbles. On the season, Coleman had seven double-digit tackle games, including two games with 23 tackles or more. Coleman ended his career with 232 tackles, 17 pass break-ups, six interceptions, three forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.
“It was a long emotional day but when the draft was over an hour later I got the call,” Coleman said. “I was so happy and thanked God for all the things he has done for me.”
Rogers (Lancaster, Calif.) was the team's leading kick returner with 1,318 yards and three touchdowns. He leaves NM State as the all-time leader in kick returns for a career (103), kick return yardage (2,728) and most kick returns for a touchdown (3). He also led the nation in all-purpose yards per game with 196.3, which leads the league. Rogers also led the Aggies in receiving in 2011 with 59 catches for 1,048 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 17.8 yards a catch and 87.3 yards a game. Against Fresno State, Rogers recorded a school record 412 all-purpose yards. For his career, Rogers caught 77 passes for 1,326 yards and 11 touchdowns at wide receiver.
“I’m very humbled and blessed to be able to continue my football career,” Rogers said. “This is a great opportunity and I look forward to being a member of the Bengals.”