Former Bulldogs football player, coach Darryl Rogers passes away

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Former Bulldogs football player, coach Darryl Rogers passes away

Former Fresno State student-athlete (1955-56) and head football coach (1966-72) Darryl Rogers passed away Wednesday, July 11, at age 84.

As a player, Mr. Rogers was a star end for Fresno State during the 1955 and 1956 campaigns. In his initial season, the Long Beach native, was second in the nation among college pass receivers. Mr. Rogers’ performance earned him first-team All-Coast recognition. In his second season, Mr. Rogers again headed the team in pass receptions and scored two touchdowns. He also logged four interceptions and returned them for 107 yards.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1957 and his master’s degree in 1964, both in physical education from Fresno State.

While coaching for the Bulldogs, Mr. Rogers led Fresno State to a California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship in 1968 as well as bowl games in 1968 and 1971. Mr. Rogers owned a 43-32-1 career record at Fresno State, leading the ‘Dogs to six winning seasons.

He went on to coach at San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79) and Arizona State (1980-84). He moved to the NFL ranks from 1985-88, coaching the Detroit Lions.

Mr. Rogers was named to the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot on June 4. The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made on Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Marsha, and daughters, Stacy and Jamie.

For the full story and a statement from his family, visit gobulldogs.com.