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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
It was the low point of the Rutgers football team's 2016 season. “After the Michigan game we all really sat down, we were texting back and forth, like, c’mon bro like just think about what we’re really trying to achieve here.
After months of constant travel, communication and worries of late decommitments, the first full recruiting cycle of Chris Ash’s tenure as the Rutgers head football coach came to a conclusion on National Signing Day Wednesday.The result came in the form of a class of 29 athletes, the final of which signing 15 minutes before the Ash addressed the media.
Offensive Swiss army knife Janarion Grant announced he’ll be returning to Rutgers for his fifth-season on the Banks, he announced in a statement on his personal Instagram account.
Those worried about Jerry Kill’s playcalling abilities can all breathe a sigh of relief.
The carousel that the position of offensive coordinator of the Rutgers football team has been for most of the past decade has made its latest stop.Jerry Kill was officially announced as the offensive coordinator of the Scarlet Knights Monday during in a teleconference.
Former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill is expected to become the eighth offensive coordinator of the Rutgers football team in as many years, a source confirmed with the Daily Targum.
Rutgers begins preparations for head coach Chris Ash's second season in Piscataway immediately after a disastrous debut year concludes.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It couldn’t have ended any other way.The Rutgers football team completed its season Saturday against Maryland in a matchup in which no lead has been safe.
PISCATAWAY— On a night that saw the Rutgers football team set a Big Ten record for the most punts in a single season, the Scarlet Knights put on the kind of offensive performance that more-than-occasionally pushed to shatter that type of mark.
PISCATAWAY — Saturday night started with something the Rutgers football team hadn’t seen a lot of in its first season under head coach Chris Ash — a lucky bounce.Electing to kick-off their final home game of the season after winning the toss, the Scarlet Knights recovered a muffed kick reception from No. 8 Penn State’s Miles Sanders inside the redzone.
Storylines surrounding the Rutgers football team’s final home game of the season are abundant. With their postseason aspirations done and dusted, the Scarlet Knights host No. 8 Penn State, a fringe rival on the edge of returning to the level of glory it hasn’t had since the Jerry Sandusky scandal shook the program to its core.With a bit of luck, the Nittany Lions (8-2, 6-1) could become another unlikely champion in a year full of them, winning the Big Ten East and reaching the conference title game if they beat Rutgers and Michigan State and have Ohio State defeat Michigan in "The Game."The Knights (2-8, 0-7) have no possibility of playing after their regular season ends against Maryland Nov.
When the Rutgers football team walks off Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium following its regular season finale against the Terrapins Nov.
Since his arrival on the Banks, Chris Ash has harped on Rutgers being a line of scrimmage football team. With the two most experienced position groups lying on each of the front lines, the Scarlet Knights were structured in a way where winning the battle up front on both sides of the ball, especially when it comes to the running game, would be integral to having success.So after Michigan State had dominated that the Knights in the essential battle in the trenches on Saturday, the final scoreboard that read 49-0 in favor of the Spartans was indicative of just that. Rutgers rushed for just 109 yards across 36 carries, good for an underwhelming 3 yards per carry.
Entering this season, the situation surrounding the Big Ten East was as clear cut as it could possibly be — Michigan, Ohio State vying for the top spot and every other team picking up the crumbs far below them.But in a sport as unpredictable and chaotic as college football, it shouldn’t be a surprise that one of the team’s projected to be at the mid-tier of the division emerged as a contender for the title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game. The shock comes in that team not being Michigan State, a team a year removed from a Big Ten conference title and a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff, but Penn State, a program seemingly at a standstill in the third year of head coach James Franklin’s tenure.The Nittany Lions started the same way the Rutgers football team, their next opponent did, splitting the first four games of the season, including their first Big Ten games of the year.The results of those first conference games were promising for the Scarlet Knights and worrying for Penn State, with Rutgers nearly upsetting defending Big Ten West division champions Iowa at home and the Nittany Lions getting blown out at the Big House by the Wolverines, but the roles reversed as the conference schedule played out.As the Knights went on to lose every other Big Ten game it played, falling to the Spartans, the Buckeyes and the Wolverines by a combined score of 185-0, Penn State has run the table in its last seven conference games, shooting itself up the playoff committee’s rankings to No. 8.With two weeks remaining in the season, the Nittany Lion’s path to improbably winning the East is simple — win their final two games and hope Michigan loses one of its last two contests.That’s where the Knights come in.Hosting a program that’s rapidly become the most bitter Big Ten rival among its fanbase, Rutgers has little more than pride to play for.