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Rutgers sophomore Justin Goodwin has been moved from RB to CB.

Goodwin rushed for 521 yards and five touchdowns as a true freshman. The move comes one day after freshman Dre Boggs, who has been working with the starters, went down with a lower body injury. Head coach Kyle Flood has not ruled out Goodwin returning to running back.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 14 - 1:59 PM

Rutgers OG Kaleb Johnson is the Scarlet Knights' best senior prospect, writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Johnson made the transition from tackle to guard last season, and started all 13 games at left guard for the Scarlet Knights. "Many believe the move from left tackle to guard last season hurt Johnson," Pauline wrote. "Yet measuring under 6-feet, 4-inches its unlikely any team will project Johnson to blindside tackle." The Rutgers prospect thought about going pro last year, but only received a 4th-to-7th round projection from the NFL Advisory Committee.
Aug 9 - 6:20 PM

Rutgers redshirt junior TE Tyler Kroft will be drafted if he decides to leave school after the season, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Kroft is a solid pass catcher with nice length yet a prospect who must improve in all areas," he wrote. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Kroft to a "bigger version of Riley Cooper." Kroft led the Scarlet Knights in receiving with 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. The tight end should see more targets in new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen's attack.
Aug 9 - 3:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that redshirt sophomore LB Steve Longa "has a bright future at Rutgers."

Plugged into the starting lineup as a freshman to replace the departed Khaseem Greene, Longa responded with with 123 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, four passes defended and two forced fumbles. The New Jersey native earned a few All-American honors. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining to continue to build an NFL Draft resume.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 2:30 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior OL Betim Bujari is expected to shift back to center this fall, reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Bujari began his career at right guard before shifting to center in 2012. He was expected to start at center last year, but a nagging ankle injury limited him to seven starts. When he returned, the Rutgers staff plugged him in at guard. This fall, they are expected to insert him back at center. Brugler calls him "one of the offensive leaders in the huddle."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 2:12 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Rutgers redshirt junior RB Paul James is an NFL prospect to watch in 2014.

James tallied a team-high 881 yards and nine touchdowns. Those totals included a 5.6 yards per carry average and 97.9 yards per game. He suffered through an ankle injury last year, so hopefully James can prove his health this fall. The 6-foot, 210-pounder runs a 4.62 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 7 - 1:46 PM

Senior Gary Nova has been named Rutgers starting QB.

Nova has seemingly been a part of the Scarlet Knights' program for seven years, and we would not call it a successful partnership. In that time, Nova has posted 51 passing touchdowns to go along with 39 interceptions and a career completion of less than 57 percent. Nova was benched for around 10 games last season due to turnovers, and this offseason redshirt junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano were challenging for the starting job.
Aug 7 - 8:25 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writes that Rutgers junior DL Darius Hamilton has "NFL movement skills" and a "high motor."

Hamilton, a former five-star recruit out of Don Bosco Prep, became one of the highest-rated prospects in Rutgers history when he decided to stay close to home. He collected 48 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and three pass break-ups last year. "At 265 pounds, Hamilton doesn't have the size of most interior defensive linemen, but he has good body thickness throughout with the speed to get upfield quickly and penetrate," Brugler wrote. "He has NFL movement skills with a flexible body type to bend and make sharp cuts, playing with a high motor and emotion whenever he steps on the football field. Hamilton also has the bloodlines that NFL evaluators seek as the son of Keith 'Hammer' Hamilton, who was a defensive lineman and 12-year veteran with the New York Giants (1992-2003)."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 6 - 6:23 PM

Rutgers redshirt junior TE Tyler Kroft compares to a "bigger version of Riley Cooper," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

In his first year as a starter last season, Kroft led the Scarlet Knights in receiving with 43 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. "Kroft lined up mostly in the slot or the backfield and has the look of a bulked-up receiver rather than a prototype tight end, but he is feisty as a blocker and stays focused once engaged," Brugler wrote. "He accelerates well off the line with good quickness in his breaks and the hesitation in his routes to create separation, although he does need some fine-tuning in this area. Kroft extends well to pluck and catches well in stride, immediately turning downfield to make something happen as a hard-nosed ball carrier." The analyst believes Kroft's development will be aided by new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, who has coached a litany of NFL tight ends, including Vernon Davis.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 6 - 5:54 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler mentioned that Rutgers senior OG Kaleb Johnson "is considered one of the top-five senior guard prospects in the country by some scouts."

"Returning at left guard this season, he is on pace to break records in a Rutgers uniform and is considered one of the top-five senior guard prospects in the country by some scouts," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 305 pound Johnson made the transition from tackle to guard last season, and started all 13 games at left guard for the Scarlet Knights. In his career, Johnson has a total of 37 starts on his resume. The Rutgers prospect thought about going pro last year, but only received a 4th-to-7th round projection from the NFL Advisory Committee.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 6 - 2:54 PM

Incoming Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen said he worked this spring to clean up a mechanical issue in senior QB Gary Nova' throwing motion.

"I’ve made one correction with his mechanics," Friedgen said. "He threw the ball on his toes, which puts a lot of pressure on your arm and can lead to arm problems. I was always taught, especially when I was in the NFL, to put your heel in the ground and push off like you’re a pitcher and then get your waist and hips right. It seems to have helped him." This is an important fix, as the former Maryland boss figures to throw more than his predecessors. "My philosophy is to have a balance between run and pass," Friedgen said. "If you’re only one dimensional then they’re going to make you play left-handed and I don’t like to play left-handed. I like to take what the defense gives us."
Jul 24 - 3:32 PM

Former LSU redshirt freshmen QB Hayden Rettig transferred to Rutgers.

Rettig will sit out the 2014 season and retain two years eligibility beginning in 2015. The four-star member of LSU’s 2013 recruiting class was the No. 3 pro-style QB in the country coming out of high school, and the No. 73 overall prospect. Boston College was the reported frontrunner for Rettig's services once he decided to move on from LSU, but former BC QB Chase Rettig's little brother spurned the Eagles.
Jun 12 - 9:20 PM

Former LSU QB Hayden Rettig took an official visit to Rutgers on Tuesday.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman points out that Rutgers lost one of their quarterbacks when Phillip Nelson was let go. Rettig was previously rated as one of the top pro-style recruits in the country and is the brother of Chase, Boston College's former starter. Rutgers also offered Hayden a scholarship out of high school.
Jun 11 - 10:45 AM

LSU QB Hayden Rettig confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will transfer.

The Times-Picayune speculates that Chase's brother could land at Boston College. Rettig finished spring practices No. 3 on the depth chart behind sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris. Rettig, a former four-star recruit, was the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country in 2013.
Jun 1 - 9:27 PM

Rutgers dismissed QB Philip Nelson.

Nelson has been charged with one count of first-degree assault and one count of third-degree assault for allegedly kicking 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad in the head during an altercation. Kolstad is in critical condition and is "fighting for his life," according to his father. "The Rutgers football family's thoughts and prayers are with Isaac Kolstad and his family," Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said in a statement. The criminal complaint states Nelson kicked Kolstad in the head after he'd been struck by somebody else early Sunday morning. Nelson never played a down for Rutgers after transferring from Minnesota after last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 13 - 8:13 PM


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