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When the Rutgers football team took the field for its first scrimmage of training camp on Saturday Darius Hamilton was a mere spectator on the sidelines.The defensive tackle hadn’t reinjured his hampering right knee nor was there anything else physically wrong with him at all.Hamilton was considered to be game ready but head football coach Chris Ash simply wasn’t putting the star of his defense at risk in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season.“I know a lot of people asked why Darius didn’t scrimmage yesterday, well, cause I’m not nuts,” said head football coach Chris Ash at the team’s media day.
Training camp has reached double-digit practices for the Rutgers football team as it completed sessions 12 and 13 Wednesday as it continues its preparation for the season opener against Washington on September 3.The Scarlet Knights began two-a-day practice sessions after the first week consisted of one morning practice and an afternoon lift.
The third day of Rutgers football training camp marked the first in which shoulder pads were allowed to be used after the first two practices were held to exclusively helmets.“Day three of training camp is down and put the shoulder pads on today, got a little banging in,” said head coach Chris Ash.
Junior quarterback Chris Laviano fields questions from reporters following the first day of training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016. Laviano was listed atop the first depth chart of the season at quarterback alongside graduate transfer Zach Allen.
When Zach Allen committed to the Rutgers football team in June, he was expected to assert himself in the quarterback battle between juniors Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig.Before a single ball was snapped, thrown or dropped during training camp, he found himself already in the thick of it.Allen was listed as a co-starter, along with Laviano, who started 11 of 12 games last season under former head coach Kyle Flood, in the first depth chart of the preseason.
After two months of grueling offseason conditioning workouts at the crack of dawn, the Rutgers football team had a chance to do something it hadn’t done since the Scarlet and White Spring Game in April — play football.
Offensive coordinator speaks to junior graduate transfer quarterback Zach Allen as the quarterbacks warm up during the first day of the Rutgers football team's training camp on Monday, August 8, 2016.
The biggest story of the first spring game since Chris Ash became the head football coach at Rutgers continued to be the same as the final spring game of former head coach Kyle Flood’s tenure on the Banks — a quarterback competition between junior quarterbacks Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig.Both players pleaded their cases to start behind center next Fall in the game, each showing flashes of brilliance and others of inconsistency against the second and fourth string defense of the White team.On the other side of the ball for the Scarlet team was the first team defense, a unit led by a defensive line returning 4 of 5 starters from last season.
The Rutgers football team culminated all the work it’s put in over the spring in its 15th meeting of the season Saturday night.
One month and 15 practices after beginning its collective preseason preparations, the Rutgers football team will display what it’s learned.
Trey Sneed arrived at Rutgers as an early-enrollee member of the Rutgers football team in January, joining the team for some of the most brutal winter workouts the current members of the roster could remember.But it wasn’t until three months later, during the 10th practice of the spring, that the running back received his first taste of the big difference between high school and college football.“We were doing a roll out, so I had to go out as a lead blocker for the quarterback and (senior linebacker) Greg Jones, he came and I mean, I was ready, I was setting my feet for it, but he came a lot harder than I thought he was,” Sneed said.
The Rutgers football team gathered at the Rutgers Indoor Practicing and Conditioning Facility on Saturday morning for spring practice number 11, but unlike the 10 practices before it, it had a few extra guests.
Head football coach Chris Ash was brutally honest in his weekly press conference Thursday.
Not many ears perked up when Aaron Henry was officially announced as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Rutgers football team Dec.
The tight ends on the Rutgers football team wouldn’t be blamed for breaking a sweat when they heard head coach Chris Ash make it clear he wanted to bring a spread offense to the Banks after more than a decade of pro-style offense.The spread is a fast-paced offense that often indicates a heavier emphasis on the passing game, an area of the game where tight ends aren’t as important as the run game.But their worries, if they had any, are gone halfway through the spring.
The Rutgers football team finished the 2015 season ranking in the bottom three of all major defensive categories in the Big Ten, a major reason for the 4-8 record it had come December.The Scarlet Knights finished dead last in pass defense efficiency, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 64 percent of pass attempts.
The Rutgers football team is limited in developing the special teams depth chart.
Before leading the Rutgers wrestling team to potentially the best season in program history, Scott Goodale was standing on the sidelines of High Point Solutions Stadium calling plays as the offensive coordinator at Jackson Memorial High School in the state championship game.After winning three state football titles with the Jaguars, Goodale hung up his headset and became the head coach of the wrestling team at the South Jersey high school, and the rest is history.More than a decade later, Goodale was back on the gridiron in Piscataway as he addressed the Rutgers football team in the Bubble Thursday morning prior to its seventh practice of the spring.This time, the talk had nothing to do with X’s and O’s.
There was a minute remaining in the Rutgers football team’s contest against Nebraska at High Point Solutions Stadium last November when it happened.