LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior kick returner Taveon Rogers has been named a Yahoo! Sports third team All-America selection announced Monday morning. Rogers becomes the 12th player in school history to be named to an All-America team and the first Aggie since 2008 to earn All-America honors.
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 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.
"Taveon is a very talented kick returner with his great instincts and speed," head coach DeWayne Walker said. "He is a special player for our team in that area. Being number one in the country in all-purpose yards, a lot of those yards came off his kick returners. We are honored to be able to recognize him as an All-American, which brings more notoriety to New Mexico State."
The Aggies' first All-American was Frank Burke back in 1946, as Burke was named a third team Associated Press 'Little' All-American. Pervis Atkins is the only Aggie to earn first team All-American honors back in 1960 by the Associated Press.