8/13/2017 12:15pm

Rutgers Media Day: Ash notes improvements "in all areas" ahead of season

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.

Rutgers Football Practice 8/7/17
8/7/2017 12:19pm

Rutgers Football Training Camp Notebook: August 7th

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.

Deonte Roberts and Trevor Morris bring down Ohio State running back Mike Weber Jr.
8/6/2017 3:30pm

Roberts, Morris use friendship to bolster on-field performance

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.


7/25/2017 5:05pm

Rutgers head coach Chris Ash speaks at Big Ten Media Day

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.

4/13/2017 11:19pm

Rescigno, Turay, Austin among spring standouts for Chris Ash

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.

Ahmir Mitchell (right) suffered a torn ACL in Saturday's practice.
4/4/2017 9:17pm

Rutgers wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell suffers torn ACL

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.

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