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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As heavy showers moved through Beaver Stadium in the second quarter on Saturday night, it felt as if the same dark cloud that has been following the Rutgers football team around for the past week lingered with the program out to central Pennsylvania.Amid the off-field controversies surrounding the three-game suspension and $50,000 fine of head coach Kyle Flood, couple with the arrest of senior captain and star wide receiver Leonte Carroo for simple assault under domestic violence, the Scarlet Knights were adamant on leaving all of that behind them in when they trekked out to Penn State.But when it rains, it pours.
Somehow, disregarding the whirlwind of off-field controversies surrounding the program, the Rutgers football team finds itself in a pivotal third game of the season.Come Saturday night when the Scarlet Knights (1-1) battle Penn State in an 8 p.m.
Junior outside linebacker Steve Longa tallied 12 solos last Saturday against Washington State, a career high, to go with 14 total tackles in the 37-34 loss. Longa led the Knights in tackles last season with 102.
A single win can solve many problems, for winning cures all ails.The Rutgers football team picked a good time to get away.
Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood has been suspended for three games effective immediately and fined $50,000 at the conclusion of a University investigation regarding his impermissible contact with a faculty member, University President Robert Barchi announced Wednesday.NJ Advance Media first reported the disciplinary action for the fourth-year head coach, stating in its report that Barchi spoke to the news outlet just 15 minutes after he had alerted Flood of the rules violations.“Coach Flood knew or should have known of well-established University policies prohibiting coach-initiated contact between coaches and members of the faculty regarding a student-athlete’s academic standing,” Barchi said in an emailed statement to the Rutgers Community.In the statement, Barchi briefed the findings from an investigation that had been since 24 hours after the allegation was first reported to the University on Aug.
Rutgers football senior captain and wide receiver Leonte Carroo slammed a woman to the concrete outside of High Point Solutions Stadium on Busch campus Sept.
Sophomore running back Josh Hicks rushed for 91 yards on 16 carries in the Knights 37-34 loss to Washington State last Saturday.
Sophomore running back Robert Martin has packed a punch for Rutgers running game in 2015, averaging 6.8 yards per carry in the first two games this fall. Martin sparked the Knights comeback against WSU with a 15-yard touchdown run to put his team within eight at 20-12.
As bad as many college football and national media pundits want to make it out to be, the Rutgers football team has actually built a fair amount of positive momentum early in 2015.Although turnovers have caused concern, on offense the Scarlet Knights (1-1) have been extremely productive in the first two games of their sophomore season in the Big Ten Conference.That second year officially begins this Saturday as Rutgers travels to Happy Valley to take on budding rival Penn State in the conference opener for both teams.The Knights mustered 941 yards of offense over the first two weeks, managing to average 48.5 points per game.
With the face of the program in Leonte Carroo suspended indefinitely following his arrest for charges under domestic violence in a postgame altercation involving two females this past Saturday night out side of High Point Solutions Stadium, head coach Kyle Flood and the Rutgers football team finds itself in the middle of its latest off-field crisis.As three ongoing investigations linger around the Scarlet Knights, the tornado of controversy has begun to swirl more rapidly than before.On the field, Rutgers is coming off a 37-34 letdown against Washington State.
It had all the makings of a storybook comeback, until it wasn't. After battling back from a 20-6 deficit,just over six minutes into the third quarter junior returner/wide receiver Janarion Grant's 100-yard kickoff return got the Scarlet Knights back to even at 20-20.
Senior linebacker Kaiwan Lewis had five solo tackles, including one for a loss in the Knights’ 37-34 loss to Washington State.
Even after Janarion Grant literally did it all, that still wasn’t enough.The junior wide receiver rattled off two electrifying returns for touchdowns to aid a struggling offense.
Freshman cornerback Isaiah Wharton tallied three tackles in his first collegiate start last week against Norfolk State. Wharton will be expected yo up his game against the air raid offense of Washington State.
Freshman cornerback Blessuan Austin earned his first pass break-up on his first collegiate play from scrimmage against Norfolk State. Austin was the lone tru freshman to start for the Knights in week one and in week two he'll need to grow up fast.
He was not named an All-American last year, nor did he garner any all-conference honors. If you thumb through his career statistics for the Rutgers football team, few numbers will jump off the page. He didn't make an appearance on any of the 2015 preseason watchlists that reporters love to reference either, but junior wide receiver Andre Patton might be the most important player on the Scarlet Knights' offense."We've got multiple receivers that I think that can really affect a football game," said Knights head coach Kyle Flood. "Andre (Patton) did a phenomenal job.
When Leonte Carroo broke the Rutgers football program’s all-time receiving touchdowns record last Saturday in the season opener against Norfolk State, a certain Scarlet Knights legend paid homage.On Twitter, the Rutgers all-time receptions leader (210 in three seasons) and current Cincinnati Bengals standout Mohamed Sanu called Carroo the G.O.A.T.
After squeezing by Washington State out west in a 41-38 shootout last year, it would have been absurd for anyone on the Rutgers football team to chalk up this Saturday’s rematch at High Point Solutions Stadium as a “give me” game.But that changed last weekend, to a degree, when the likes of lowly Portland State pulled off a 24-17 upset on the Cougars’ home turf in Pullman, Washington.Back over on the east coast in Piscataway, New Jersey, the Scarlet Knights strung together one of their most complete performances in recent memory in their 63-13 season-opening blowout of Norfolk State.
The offensive line is still a work in progress for the Rutgers football team, but the Scarlet Knights in the trenches were able to glean some confidence from their 63-13 opening week blowout of Norfolk State.After losing Betim Bujari, who started all 13 games at center last season, head coach Kyle Flood looked for someone to step up.Enter Derrick Nelson, the junior offensive lineman assigned to fill Bujari's shoes.