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It's hard to imagine anyone around the Rutgers football program saw these results coming.But take it or leave it, 11 games later, here the Scarlet Knights are. Rutgers (4-7, 1-6) has gone through more lows — many, in fact — than highs in its second year as a member of the Big Ten. Behind the madness bestowed in the seemingly never-ending cycle of suspensions and arrests that plagued the Knights with headaches from distractions off the field — the latest of which came Friday night in an NJ Advance Media report detailing how head coach Kyle Flood and Athletic Director Julie Hermann were fighting for their jobs, according to anonymous sources — the 2015 season has been turbulent, to say the least.With Maryland (2-9, 0-7) entering Saturday's noon kickoff at High Point Solutions Stadium in a rut of its own on a seven-game skid, much still remains on the line for Rutgers — in the present and the future — in its regular season finale."It's been a long season," said junior defensive tackle Julian Pinnix-Odrick, who had to step in as the starter at the three-point technique after senior Darius Hamilton suffered a season-ending injury. "It wears on you, but it's football and love to do — and that's why we come out here to play everyday."As far as the Knights are concerned on the field, they still believe the Terrapins present a legitimate threat. Last year, Rutgers ruined Maryland's Senior Night festivities with what was then the largest comeback in program history, a 25-point come-from-behind victory on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park. With that, the Knights understand that anything can happen in the one-week season that Saturday poses. But Flood doesn't dwell on what happened between the two Big Ten newcomers in their first meeting as conference opponents a year ago."I evaluate us on a year-to-year basis and over time.
It's remarkable to see how so much could change for two programs in just one year.Last November, Maryland entered its season finale against the Rutgers football team with a 7-4 record, having already locked up a bowl game.
For the past three years, Kaiwan Lewis hasn't been able to experience Thanksgiving Day at his home.Prior to his graduation and transfer from South Carolina to Rutgers earlier in the year, Lewis spent the final Thursday of every November eating dinner at his former Gamecocks teammates' houses in nearby areas surrounding the school's campus in Columbia.But now, he gets to take the two-hour cruise down the Garden State Parkway south back to Pleasantville, where the senior middle linebacker reunites with his family. And knowing the feeling of being away from home, he'll likely be bringing one or two of his family members from the Rutgers football team back with him."I know how it feels not to be able to go home," Lewis said.
Over the span of the last 36 games the Rutgers football team has played, a Scarlet Knights quarterback had the luxury of looking to his left to find him standing there.As his 37th consecutive start approaches Saturday at noon, Keith Lumpkin’s career on the Banks is coming to a close.The Knights (4-7, 1-6) play host to Maryland (2-9, 0-7) for Senior Day, hoping to end the season on a two-game win streak and keep their faint hopes of a fourth consecutive bowl berth alive.Whether Rutgers makes it into the postseason or not, Saturday will be the last time head coach Kyle Flood sees his fifth-year senior left tackle run out of the tunnel at High Point Solutions Stadium.Seven years ago was the first time Flood saw Lumpkin, then a sophomore in high school, playing basketball at St.
This wasn't how it was supposed to end. Leonte Carroo and Darius Hamilton had admirable aspirations when the pair of top recruits out of Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) stayed home to sign on with the Rutgers football team in 2012. Given the strength of the Scarlet Knights' recruiting class that year — one that ranked 24th in the country, according to Rivals.com — the high hopes were understandable. Both entered with a mission to shift the culture of the program, looking to propel Piscataway into a consistent national discussion among the top teams in college football. But as Senior Day approaches with Rutgers (4-7, 1-6) hosting Maryland (2-9, 0-7) in the regular season finale Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium nearly four years later, the current circumstances are nowhere near what either of the two once expected with the class they entered. "It is crazy," Carroo said, acknowledging his collegiate career coming to a close.
Whether he played the role of riverboat gambler in his drastic shuffling of the deck or he just played the hand he was dealt, head coach Kyle Flood pushed all the right buttons for the Rutgers football team last Saturday in the 31-21 win over Army at West Point.While Flood’s decision to flip sophomore running back Josh Hicks to the defensive side of the ball in place of suspended junior free safety Anthony Cioffi got all the publicity, the fourth-year head coach’s move to slide junior right guard Chris Muller to center and start two redshirt freshmen at the guard positions slipped under the radar.Hicks made six tackles, recovered a fumble and made a crucial interception to seal the victory for the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 1-6), but the rookies in the trenches were part of the reason Rutgers had a lead in the first place.
Darius Hamilton won't take the field with the class he came in with when the Rutgers football team faces the University of Maryland on Senior Day Saturday at noon, but the senior defensive tackle will be back on the field at High Point Solutions Stadium in 2016. Hamilton, who was ruled out for the season with a lower body injury on Sept.
Media and college football fans likely expected Army to outgain the Rutgers football team on the ground, given the Black Knights' top-10 rushing attack featuring the triple-option.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Demonstrating the ability to overcome injuries to key players and the suspension of a defensive leader, the Rutgers football team snapped its four-game losing streak on Saturday at West Point with a 31-21 win over Army.Leading tackler, junior weakside linebacker, Steve Longa was held out due to a lower body injury and the Scarlet Knights (4-7, 1-6) best offensive weapon, senior wide receiver Leonte Carroo, didn’t play a single snap in the second half due to his own lower body injury.
If the Rutgers football teams wishes to keep any dreams of a bowl berth alive, the Scarlet Knights will have to win the two remaining regular season games on their schedule, starting with Army this weekend.Rutgers will take the 90 minute ride up the New York State Thruway to Mitchie Stadium to renew a rivalry that began in 1891, on the heels of four consecutive decisive defeats against Big Ten opponents.Senior captain Keith Lumpkin feels that the recent losing skid is not for lack of effort.“Sometimes games don’t go your way,” the left tackle said.
With a trip up to West Point right approaching and Saturday's noon kickoff less than three days away, Kyle Flood is doing everything he can to have the Rutgers football team ready for battle against Army. Outside of a four-game losing streak where the Scarlet Knights (3-7, 1-6) have been outscored by an average margin of 48.7-11, the fourth-year head coach is tasked with multiple unique challenges despite the Black Knights' 2-8 overall record on the season.To remain ready for second-year Army head coach Jeff Monken's triple-option, Flood conducted what he called a "unique" full-padded practice for Wednesday."It'll be the only one we do this week, but we thought it was important with the option that we're trying to get used to playing that we had a day out here where the scout team would cut us and we'd have a chance to try to simulate what we're gonna have to simulate on Saturday," Flood said.
Junior strongside linebacker Quentin Gause (right) leads the Knights and stands fifth in the Big Ten Conference with 12 tackles for loss in 2015. Gause is on the hunt for a 100-tackle season, posting 81 total tackles through 10 games.
When Derrick Nelson went down late in the fourth quarter of Rutgers football team's 31-14 loss to Nebraska, all of High Point Solutions Stadium froze.The junior center lay on the turf for an extended period of time before his head and body were stabilized on a stretcher and carted off to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Sophomore quarterback Chris Laviano was sacked six times in the Knights'31-14 loss to Nebraska Nov. 14. Laviano has been sacked 25 times through 10 games in 2015.
For a fleeting moment, the Rutgers football team had a chance. It didn't appear possible that the Scarlet Knights could make it a game with Nebraska after falling behind, 21-0, in the second quarter. Just when it seemed like the staff at High Point Solutions Stadium staged a massive rerun of the previous three games, junior free safety Anthony Cioffi intercepted Cornhuskers' quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and returned the pick 51 yards down to the 6-yard line.Three plays later, sophomore running back Robert Martin plunged through the pile on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the first half to make it 21-7.
After three consecutive games against some of the top talent in the Big Ten, things were supposed to get easier for the Rutgers football team.The Scarlet Knights were outscored by an average margin of 48.7-11 against then-No. 1 Ohio State, then-unranked Wisconsin and then-No. 16 Michigan.
Once a season filled with Rose Bowl dreams, Julian Pinnix-Odrick and the Knights now look to save their last glimmer of hope for postseason football when they take on the Cornhuskers. The junior defensive tackle remains confident in his team’s ability to come together facing adversity.
Head coach Kyle Flood has come under fire in his fourth year at the helm for Rutgers. Without a win Saturday, the pressure may mount.
Junior Steve Longa has tallied 102 total tackles this season, equaling his total in all of 2014. Longa leads the Big Ten in total tackles (second nationally), solo tackles (fourth nationally) and tackles per game (11.3). Longa is the second Knight to record three consecutive 100 tackle seasons.