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Standing in the tunnel at Husky Stadium, the Rutgers football team prepared to rush onto the field as a group moments before the 2016 season kicked off.Head coach Chris Ash was in front of the pack ready to lead his Scarlet Knights onto the battleground for the first time, but he wasn’t the only one.Five true freshman saw action in the Knights season opener against No. 14 Washington last Saturday, experiencing the moment they and their teammates have been waiting for throughout the eight months of the offseason for the first time.“It was a big adrenaline rush,” said true freshman running back Trey Sneed of making his collegiate debut.
Chris Ash is no stranger to the environment at High Point Solutions Stadium on a Saturday in the fall.The traveled veteran has made the trip to Piscataway on two occasions during his 20-year career as an assistant, first with Arkansas in 2013 and then last season with Ohio State.He’ll take part in his third game in Piscataway this Saturday, but this time, he’ll be on the sideline with a block R on his chest and the crowd’s support behind him.The Scarlet Knights (0-1) host Howard (0-1) this Saturday at noon on the Big Ten Network as Ash makes his home debut.“I've said this many times, as a visiting coach, the experience that I had here at High Point Solutions Stadium has been a great one,” he said.
The scenes Saturday at Husky Stadium served as deja-vu to those on the Rutgers football team. The Scarlet Knights (0-1) found themselves on the wrong end of yet another blowout, facing a top 25 opponent in No. 14 Washington for their season opener.
Tim Wright was a busy man during his time at Rutgers.Recruited out of Wall High School to play football 45 minutes up the road for New Jersey's state university, Wright hauled in 50 catches for 596 yards and 4 touchdowns during his final two seasons on the Banks.And when the former standout wide receiver wasn't cutting in and out of his routes for the Rutgers football team, he was cutting hair — a lot of it.Wright, who picked up the passion for cutting hair as a teenager, used to have a line of people out of his dorm room waiting for him to cut their hair and would sometimes even go on house calls.
SEATTLE, Wash. — Janarion Grant was always going to be a big part of what head coach Chris Ash and his staff were going to do on offense with the Rutgers football team.Whether it be receiving short passes on bubble screens or taking handoffs on jet sweeps, the senior wide receiver is projected to be the focal point of the Scarlet Knights’ power spread offense in Ash’s first year in charge.That being said, there were many raised eyebrows Saturday among the 58, 640 people in attendance at Husky Stadium, as well as the many watching back home in Piscataway, when Grant took a direct snap from fifth-year senior center Derrick Nelson and ran seven yards to gain a first down on the Knights first drive of the third quarter.Grant took five direct snaps in a wildcat-esque formation against No. 14 Washington on Saturday, the last of which was a 10-yarder finishing in the endzone, the only touchdown of the game in Rutgers’ 48-13 loss to the Huskies in both team's season opener.On a day where the Knights struggled to gather any momentum or rhythm with the ball in their possession through the air and on the ground, the expected culprit finally broke through.“Janarion in the wildcat, we were looking for a way to get an extra number in the box versus that defense, and I think that’s something we could consistently carry with him,” said offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer.
SEATTLE —— Chris Ash came to Piscataway with a vision of changing the Rutgers football team in just about every way he could.The first-year head coach modified the ambiance of the Hale Center, expanded the resources his team had available and even rearranged the seating arrangements on the team plane during away trips.Unfortunately for him, he also changed a tradition he surely liked to have kept intact.Ash became just the second head coach to lose on his debut with the Scarlet Knights since 1924, suffering a heavy 48-13 loss to No. 14 Washington.“Obviously that wasn’t the outcome that we wanted,” Ash said.
The wait is finally over.After eight months of a grueling offseason of growth and anticipation, the day everyone has been anxiously awaiting is finally here.It’s the first gameday of the Chris Ash era for the Rutgers football team.The Scarlet Knights take the field at Husky Stadium in Seattle Saturday hoping to upset a Top 25 opponent in No. 14 Washington.A tall task at quick glance — the win would easily crack anyone’s list of top five wins in program history — a closer inspection reveals that while all signs point towards a blowout win for the Huskies, there is potential for the Knights.They enter the 2016 season coming off a 4-8 season with a multitude of off-field issues that included both a head coach and an athletic director that were fired at the end of the campaign.But with the loss came Ash, a young, energetic defensive coordinator from Ohio State eager to fulfill his goal of becoming a head coach.He brought along a vision of bringing a modern no-huddle, spread offense to a team that’s been playing in the pro-style for most of the past couple of decades and a coaching staff that’s worked diligently to implement it.Completely rehauling the way a program operates is never easy and has raised questions of how well Rutgers will adapt, especially so right out of the gate against Washington.
Sophomores David Bonagura and Michael Cintron were named the Rutgers football team's starting kicker and punter, respectively, ahead of its season opener against No. 14 Washington in Seattle Saturday.
The Rutgers football team continued its preparation for its season opener against No. 14 Washington Tuesday with the second practice of the week, which featured a special guest appearance — the 70,000 fans that will pack Husky Stadium on Saturday.Or at least the noise they’ll bring with them.The Scarlet Knights have added crowd noise to the ambiance of practice this week to create as close to a game atmosphere as they can, having included it in Monday’s practice as well.The artificial crowd noise in training sessions is common practice in football and while it isn’t an exact replica of the conditions the team will face, it surely is helpful.“It helps.
Training camp has come to a close for the Rutgers football team and gone with it is a big picture look at the first season of the Chris Ash era in Piscataway.
The Rutgers football team is stronger in every sense of the word — mentally, physically, psychologically — thanks largely to the work of strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker and Director of Football Nutrition Alison Kreimeier.
While the Rutgers football team was getting acclimated to a new coaching staff and offensive system during intense spring practices, wide receiver Jawuan Harris was in a much more relaxed setting over at Bainton Field.After redshirting his first football season on the Banks Harris not only suited up for the Rutgers baseball team in the spring but put together a strong debut campaign on the diamond.
Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash was asked what he was looking for in his team captains during his press conference at the team’s media day on August 14.“I'm looking for new guys that will lead the team, guys that the others will look up to.
Offensive line coach A.J. Blazek brings the fiery personality of his playing days onto the practice field as a coach, hoping inject life into his unit.
When the Rutgers football team took the field for its first scrimmage of training camp on Saturday Darius Hamilton was a mere spectator on the sidelines.The defensive tackle hadn’t reinjured his hampering right knee nor was there anything else physically wrong with him at all.Hamilton was considered to be game ready but head football coach Chris Ash simply wasn’t putting the star of his defense at risk in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season.“I know a lot of people asked why Darius didn’t scrimmage yesterday, well, cause I’m not nuts,” said head football coach Chris Ash at the team’s media day.
Training camp has reached double-digit practices for the Rutgers football team as it completed sessions 12 and 13 Wednesday as it continues its preparation for the season opener against Washington on September 3.The Scarlet Knights began two-a-day practice sessions after the first week consisted of one morning practice and an afternoon lift.
The third day of Rutgers football training camp marked the first in which shoulder pads were allowed to be used after the first two practices were held to exclusively helmets.“Day three of training camp is down and put the shoulder pads on today, got a little banging in,” said head coach Chris Ash.
Junior quarterback Chris Laviano fields questions from reporters following the first day of training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016. Laviano was listed atop the first depth chart of the season at quarterback alongside graduate transfer Zach Allen.
When Zach Allen committed to the Rutgers football team in June, he was expected to assert himself in the quarterback battle between juniors Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig.Before a single ball was snapped, thrown or dropped during training camp, he found himself already in the thick of it.Allen was listed as a co-starter, along with Laviano, who started 11 of 12 games last season under former head coach Kyle Flood, in the first depth chart of the preseason.