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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
"The chemistry, the brotherhood of the football team. I really like the chemistry of out team. Last year when we had offseason workouts it was all about survival and this year guys were attacking it.
With 13 practices in the books for the Rutgers football team, really one thing truly separates the Scarlet Knights from summer training camp.
Ten days out from the spring game, practice number 10 — and the second from inside High Point Solutions Stadium — wrapped up, and with less than half of the spring practice period to go, the coaching staff's observations have grown less anecdotal as the days pass.For head coach Chris Ash, there are a handful of players and units that he figures stand out from the rest of the Rutgers football team.As Ash notes, this time of spring bares incredible importance for the team's outlook heading into summer training camp, the time where him and the other coaches need to "push them mentally and physically" in order to sort out the ones from the twos even further.Some, though, have far exceeded any discussion regarding their roles on the team.
Bad news comes in twos for the Rutgers football team it seems, as the last week has proved particularly negative for those hoping the Scarlet Knights would escape its rather haunting issues of depth that plagued them from September onward last season.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) announced head coach Chris Ash on Tuesday.Mitchell injured his knee during Saturday's practice — in which the Rutgers football team participated in its first scrimmage of the spring — and will undergo surgery.
Offensive line coach — and now, assistant head coach — AJ Blazek has had quite the offseason.On top of being promoted to the latter position by head coach Chris Ash during the first week of spring practice, Blazek maintains the job of filling three starting positions on the front line and acclimating three early enrollees to Rutgers football in true freshmen Micah Clark, Sam Vretman and Jamaal Beaty.But following Competition Saturday — where the offense and defense got their first competitive on-field action by way of a scrimmage — Blazek contended that that job was doing itself, courtesy of those stepping into their new roles seamlessly.“Our ones are starting to gel a little bit,” Blazek said.
When Janarion Grant went down at the lip of the endzone against Iowa in September of last season, much of the receiving burden then fell on the shoulders of then-senior Andre Patton and two-sport athlete Jawuan Harris.Harris, a true freshman, soundly stepped up in Grant’s absence, though with opposing coverage favoring him, the options for quarterback Giovanni Rescigno and company stood few and far between.
A black banner reading "The Hunt" is taped on the wall of the Indoor Practice Bubble, risen high enough for any player, coach or trainer on the Rutgers football team to take in the mantra head coach Chris Ash set in when he first came to the Scarlet Knights.Thursday began the second season of the Ash campaign, as the first spring practice of the year came underway, but the energy under the dome suggested it isn't much of a second season.
Welcome to the third edition of the Rutgers Roundup.Due to a pause for Spring Break, this roundup will discuss the major events of the last two weeks, a frame of time chock full of historic milestones.
For 11 recently graduated athletes and two players entering their second year of eligibility for the NFL, Friday presents