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Rutgers wide receivers coach Jafar Williams has a tall take heading into his second season on the Banks.He is tasked with putting together a wide receiving corpsconsisting of players from all different backgrounds with varying experience.One one end, he has Damon Mitchell, a graduate transfer from Arkansas who has played just about every position on the football field.
It irks those close to the Rutgers football team — in work and in fandom — to know that outlets like USA Today deem the Scarlet Knights at least equal to their output from last year. It is one thing to go 2-10, but it is another to do it twice.September 1 will come around swiftly but surely, and on that Friday night, Rutgers will do battle with Washington at High Point Solutions Stadium, a team who kicked off the Knights’ season last year with a quiet trip home from Seattle after a 48-13 loss.
The Rutgers football team took the field on Friday to wrap up its second week of camp in preparation for the September 1st season opener against No. 7 Washington.During the one hour period open to the media, there was not a lot to take away from, although special teams finally made an appearance.As for the quarterback battle, graduate-transfer Kyle Bolin looks to be in the lead.
In it's first day at the new Marco Battaglia Practice Complex, the Rutgers football team was greeted with a cold, rainy day, but stuck it out to kick off its second week of preparation.The biggest news of the day came from the quarterback competition, as graduate transfer Kyle Bolin jumped junior Giovanni Rescigno and took all the reps with the first team offense.Bolin took snaps from sophomore center Jonah Jackson, who seems to have settled into the role of starter after the graduation of Derrick Nelson.The rest of the starting offensive line includes Tariq Cole at left tackle, Dorian Miller at left guard, Zach Venesky at right guard and Kamaal Seymour at right tackle.With Janarion Grant in a green non-contact jersey, sophomore Dacoven Bailey took his place as the starting slot receiver, with graduate transfer Damon Mitchell and sophomore Jawuan Harris starting on the outside.Robert Martin III was also in a green non-contact jersey, so graduate-transfer Gus Edwards and sophomore Trey Sneed split reps as first-team running backs.Nakia Griffin-Stewart was working at first-team tight end, but junior Jerome Washington had a strong day and the two seem to be battling it out for the starting job.On defense, Ross Taylor-Douglas took all the first-team reps at strongside linebacker, despite Eric Margolis running with the 1's last week.
Rutgers Athletics completed another phase of the “R Big Ten Build” campaign Sunday when it unveiled the Marco Battaglia Practice Complex, an upgraded practice facility dedicated to the former first-team All-American tight end.Featuring two new grass fields, an LED lighting system and updated drainage and irrigation systems, the complex sports its functional renovations as much as its cosmetic ones.
In 2016, Deonte Roberts and Trevor Morris were the centerpieces of arguably the biggest weakness on a 2-10 Rutgers football team.In 2017, the two junior linebackers hope to flip the script by combining a strong bond off the field with a dominating partnership between the lines.The two combined for nearly 200 tackles last year, but with teams running the ball more than 46 times per game against the Scarlet Knights, those high numbers were inevitable.When asked how a second year starting alongside Morris would help the play of the linebackers, Roberts, the starting middle linebacker, was quick to point out his friendship with his man on the outside."That's my boy.
Rutgers hit the field for its second practice of the summer in front of the media on Friday morning.
The Rutgers football team went through its first practice as a full team on Monday morning, its first time in the public spotlight since the team's spring game in April.The most anticipated story line of camp will be the competition at quarterback.
With training camp less than a week away, Rutgers football head coach Chris Ash took the podium at Big Ten Media Day to give updates and insight on the Scarlet Knights.Among the things Ash discussed was a tumultuous 2016 season that included a 2-10 record, no Big Ten wins and 4 shutout losses, 2 of which came at home." 2016, it wasn't fun.
View pictures of the new Marco Battaglia Football Practice Complex.
Griffin Whitmer / Associate Sports Editor / June 2017
After finishing in last place at the Big Ten Championships for the third consecutive season, the Rutgers rowing team will undergo a regime change, as head coach Max Borghard and his entire staff have stepped down from their respective positions, effective immediately.Athletic Director Pat Hobbs sent the team the following email on Wednesday afternoon with the news.Borghard, a 1987 graduate of Rutgers with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, just completed his 22nd season as the head coach of the women's rowing team.
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The Rutgers women’s track and field team will experience its greatest test of the season this weekend at the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championships hosted by Penn State at the Nittany Lion Outdoor Track in State College, Pennsylvania.After a trying, yet progressive outdoor regular season, the Scarlet Knights will attempt to stack up against their peers in the Big Ten, to include top competitors such as last year’s Big Ten Outdoor Champion Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State and host Penn State, who took the team title at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in late February.The championships will start with limited track events on Friday, May 12 and continue with full track and field events until the meet’s end on Sunday, May 12.At last season’s Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Rutgers placed 12th overall with 29 team points, just ahead of Illinois, who placed dead-last with 18.5 team points.The Knights saw a new school-record set in the 4x100-meter relay, as well as several personal-bests from track and field student-athletes.Rutgers’ 4x100-meter relay team, consisting of two since-graduated athletes and current student athletes junior Bria Saunders and sophomore Phyllis Gordon, earned a new school record of 44.66, good for fourth place.This year’s 4x100-meter squad, including junior Imani Beauliere and sophomore Nabiya Garret alongside Saunders and Gordon, earned a season-best of 46.73 at the Tennessee Dogwood Relays in early April.
What was a once a dream season has turned to dust for the Rutgers men's lacrosse team, as the team was once again on the outside looking in as the 17-team field was announced for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night.For updates on the Rutgers men's lacrosse team, follow @griffinwhitmer and @TargumSports on Twitter.