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Last August, few expected the Rutgers football team to be competitive. Senior Leonte Carroo — now a star after posting 1,086 receiving yards while catching 10 touchdowns — was a relative unknown and the nine-win season in 2009 was a distant memory.After impressing Big Ten opponents and shocking college football analysts in their first year in the league, the Scarlet Knights (8-5, 3-5) and their most potent playmaker have everyone's attention now. That attention will force defenses to design their schemes around Carroo, the nation’s leader in yards per catch in 2014 with an average of 19.7 yards for every reception.The emphasis on the other wideouts' contributions are crucial when considering double-teams are now a given, and even triple-teams can be expected for No. 4 in scarlet and white.But it is No. 1 and 'Dos' who could determine the Knights' fate this fall.Junior Janarion Grant (No. 1) electrified Rutgers fans as a kick returner in 2014, falling a mere 38 yards shy of the school record for kick return yards (910) while averaging nine yards per punt return.The return talents of the Trilby, Florida, native weren't completely unforeseen after he racked up 517 kick return yards in his first season on the banks.Grant is the type of player who's listed position is 'athlete.'He displayed his prowess at multiple positions for the Knights last season, finishing second on the team behind Carroo in catches (25) to go with 312 receiving yards.
After receiving very little interest coming out of high school, Charles Scarff rolled the dice on Rutgers. Since arriving as a walk-on last year, the sophomore tight end has made the most of his opportunity and could see valuable playing time in a wide-open position battle.
Kyle Flood has yet to name his starting quarterback, but the fourth-year head coach did provide some clarification on the offensive line.
After spending a year of waiting and watching, Eric Margolis has grown into the linebacking corps at Rutgers. The redshirt-freshman provides versatility and athleticism in coverage as the backup on the strong side with his 6-foot-4, 225-pound frame.
In the front line of the Rutgers football team’s linebacking
rotation, it can be easy to miss being mentioned.Junior Steve Longa, a two-year starter with 100-plus tackles
in each of those first couple of seasons, holds down the weak side.
Confidence is the crutch on which healthy players lean.But a crisis in confidence can kill a college athlete's career.Missed tackles, dropped passes and busted assignments can sow the seeds of self-doubt. And what’s worse — all three can happen at anytime or anywhere on the field.
After submerging himself in an ice bath following the Rutgers football team’s practice on Wednesday, Julian Pinnix-Odrick made his way over to the media.The Scarlet Knights hit their ninth day of practice and it’s no secret that the grind has grown to be twice as grueling. After two days of double-sessions and a scrimmage
According to head coach Kyle Flood, junior speedster Janarion Grant can line up anywhere on the field. Grant fell 38 yards short of the school record for kick return yards last season, closing the year with 910 return yards while finishing second on the team in receptions with 25.
After a day of crunching down on the film and evaluating the performance of the Rutgers football team’s first scrimmage of training camp on Monday, there was some reason to believe that Kyle Flood’s decision to name a starting quarterback could come after Tuesday’s practice.But the fourth-year head coach, who gave a 7-10 day timetable from the start of the Scarlet Knights’ camp last week for naming Gary Nova’s successor, only revealed that the decision could be soon.“I think we’ve got a really close race at quarterback, and that’s exciting,” Flood said after practice.
From the moment Janarion Grant first touched the football in his Rutgers football debut, everyone watching had a reason to believe he could be special.As a true freshman on the primetime national television stage of his team’s season opener at Fresno State, Grant showcased his blazing speed on his very first play — a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Chris Laviano decided to get right to it.On the first passing play of the Rutgers football team’s scrimmage Monday, the sophomore quarterback hit Andre Patton with a bulls-eye throw right on a post route over the middle.From there, the junior wide receiver did the rest, galloping to the end zone with ease for a 60-yard touchdown pass.“It felt good, you know, to be the first one to score a touchdown,” Patton said afterward.
Dancing his way out through the opening on the line of scrimmage, the ball carrier shifts to his left and bursts down the left sidelines.With the ball firmly tucked away — naturally pressed high and tight against his chest with a suffocating grip locked underneath his bicep, forearm and palm — he drifts out of bounds as the whistle blows to end the play.It’s a hot, steamy Wednesday afternoon in what is the third day of practice at the Rutgers football team’s 2015 training camp.
After transferring out of East Stroudsburg, Greg Jones' next stop came at New Rochelle, New York, where he played at the junior college level with Monroe College. As a sophomore in 2014, Jones compiled 444 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 98 carries. (Photo courtesy of Jones' Facebook account and used with his permission)
When head coach Kyle Flood fielded questions from reporters as the Rutgers football team reported to camp Aug.
Greg Jones' route to his dream school at Rutgers has been far from the ordinary. The junior running back's stops along the way include East Stroudsburg (Division II), Middlesex County College and Monroe College (JUCO.)
With drones hovering above, fans watching from the stands and on-field temperatures sizzling at the F3 practice field, the Rutgers football team concluded its first full week of training camp practice.The second of a Saturday double-session proved to be another step in the direction for head coach Kyle Flood in all facets of his team’s progression.“Very productive.
The Rutgers football team capped its fifth day of training camp clad in pads from head to toe, making it the first time the Scarlet Knights have suited up in full armor since the Scarlet-White spring game April 24.With temperatures climbing close to 90 degrees and trending to stay that way — the next four days are projected to reach highs of at least 94 degrees in Piscataway, according to weather.com — the intensity isn’t the only thing rising at Rutgers camp.And with the first double-session of August slated for tomorrow morning and afternoon, the level of difficulty doesn’t exactly get any easier for the Knights.
When Kaiwan Lewis descended upon the Rutgers football team’s training camp on Tuesday, the highly anticipated wait for the South Carolina transfer finally came to a close.At first, eyes lock on the gaping hole at middle linebacker left by Kevin Synder and his three years of experience at the position as both a part-time and full-time starter.
Referring to the work ethic and drive of junior defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick, fellow junior defensive lineman Quanzell Lambert (No. 22) said it drives him to take his approach to the game up a few percentage points.
During the dog days of the early offseason back in the April, Julian Pinnix-Odrick made his goals heading into the Rutgers football team’s 2015 fall training camp known loud and clear.Encouraged by defensive line coach Jim Panagos’ idea to split reps between his original position at defensive end with a slight move to the inside at defensive tackle, Pinnix-Odrick chalked up the magic number of 275 and used it to drive him in the weight room and on the field.