A Macalester graduate (and now a New York City bartender) has quickly amassed a cult following for his on-screen antics and big bets while competing on "Jeopardy!"
By the end of last week, Austin Rogers had won nine days in a row and more than $332,000. "Jeopardy!" says that total put him at fifth on the show's list of all-time regular season money winners. Rogers has done it while sporting wild hair and a bushy beard and making animated gestures after correct answers.
He's also making big wagers. Rogers won a whopping $34,000 bet on the show's "Final Jeopardy" segment last Tuesday.
Rogers appeared on "Good Morning America" telling the show that the secret to his success is uncovering patterns in clues by watching hundreds of "Jeopardy!" episodes. Watch the clip:
Here's what he told "Jeopardy!" about his time in St. Paul:
"I graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., with a B.A. in history. I would’ve ended up with a music major as well, but I slept through my final piano test and when they offered to let me reschedule it, I thought, 'Eh, it’s the end of school. I’ve already got one major. I’m getting the diploma anyway. Do I really need the other major?' So yeah, one real major, one minor that could’ve been a major if I cared. But I didn’t."
Fans are singing his praises on Twitter by using the hashtag #AustinOnJeopardy.
Take a look at the dance moves that have made him famous:
Yep, Twitter loves him:
He returns Monday to keep his streak alive (4:30 p.m. KARE, Ch. 11).
Star Tribune staff writer Tom Horgen contributed to this report.