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With the graduation of Quron Pratt and Brandon Coleman forgoing his last year of eligibility, the wide receiver position is one of a few in question for the Rutgers football team. Last season, Coleman and Pratt led the wideouts with 34 and 32 receptions, respectively. The Scarlet Knights lost over 1,000 yards from the duo and four touchdowns from Coleman.
Junior wide receiver Leonte Carroo returns this season after leading Rutgers last year with nine touchdown receptions.
One of the prevailing notions as the Rutgers football team enters the Big Ten is that the Scarlet Knights’ front four will have a difficult time winning battles in the trenches against bulkier offensive lines. The eight conference opponents Rutgers will face this season featured offensive linemen with an average weight of more than 300 pounds last year.
Sophomore running back Desmon Peoples made an impression on head coach Kyle Flood with the first-team reps he received.
When Johnathan Aiken talks about football to his friends and family back home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he cannot resist getting amped up. “This is the biggest year. This is my year,” the senior free safety said Saturday post-practice. “I feel like this is my year to shine. I’m going to the Big Ten, I’m excited.” Other members of the Rutgers football team can relate, but few have patiently waited quite like Aiken.
Senior free safety Johnathan Aiken is listed as the co-starter with sophomore Delon Stephenson in Rutgers’ spring depth chart.
With senior Gary Nova officially competing to win back the starting quarterback job, the Rutgers football team is already feeling the disadvantages of doling reps to five players at the position. Redshirt freshman Chris Laviano, sophomore Blake Rankin, junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman walk-on Devin Ray evenly split reps with Nova yesterday on the first day of spring practice.
What does a defense, whose secondary allowed a school record 4,056 passing yards this past season, do to improve entering the Big Ten?It aims to makes changes in the back four during spring practice. The Rutgers football team will use this time to improve a secondary that was widely inexperienced a season ago.
Senior Gary Nova, competing to start at quarterback, will not be available to the media until after the seventh spring practice.
Sophomore cornerback Nadir Barnwell said he enjoys playing in Joe Rossi’s defense because of the aggression they play with.
Brandon Coleman participated only in positional workouts in yesterday’s pro day, running routes and catching passes.
Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood announced yesterday the hiring of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant Ben McDaniels as the team’s new wide receivers coach. McDaniels is the brother of former Denver Broncos head coach and current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The hiring fills the final vacancy for a full-time assistant coach on Flood’s staff.
Former Rutgers football wide receiver Brandon Coleman received an invitation Friday to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. The combine invites over 300 of the nation’s top college football players. Coleman will perform in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Were you surprised by the excessive number of high school decommits from Rutgers football with the Big Ten on the horizon? You shouldn’t have been. Recruits like to know the direction a program is moving in, a multitude of issues this past season clouded the future of the Scarlet Knights. It started soon after Rutgers’ pivotal conference loss Oct. 24 at Louisville, which thwarted nearly all hope the Knights had of making a BCS bowl for the first time in school history.
It was strange for offensive lineman recruit Marcus Applefield to see deer standing around with no guns pointed at them as he walked into the Hale Center. “There were about eight surrounding a tree. I’m like, ‘Wow, those deer are so lucky,’” the Weeki Wachee, Fla., native said Jan. 27 at the Rutgers football team’s introductory media event for five Rutgers early enrollees.
A few months ago, this was supposed to be the day the Rutgers football team officially announced arguably its best recruiting class in school history. ESPN ranked the Scarlet Knights’ group of 22 verbally committed high school prospects 18th nationally in early November. Rivals rated five of Rutgers’ commits as four-star recruits.
A class full of only two- and three-star recruits wouldn’t be as big of a deal if that were the recruiting class the Rutgers football team intended. Head coach Kyle Flood defended his recruiting class, in which 13 players de-committed, with an optimistic outlook that Rutgers is looking forward to. It also mattered little to Flood that none of the recruits hold a four-star rating, according to Rivals.
Darius Hamilton was one of several at defensive tackle to produce as a true freshman.
Head coach Kyle Flood announced Rutgers’ newest high school recruiting class yesterday, which Rivals.com ranks 57th nationally. The Knights hauled 26 total players, including a transfer and five early enrollees for the spring.
Although the Rutgers football team has new coordinators, there won’t be significant philosophical changes, said head coach Kyle Flood yesterday via the coordinators’ introductory teleconference. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, whose hiring the Scarlet Knights announced Friday, emphasized rushing and passing success.