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Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood expects to announce his starting 2015 quarterback at halftime of the opener against Norfolk State.

Sophomore Chris Laviano is suspended for the first half, which means the results of his battle with Hayden Rettig don't need to be announced until he's eligible to return. "Hayden Rettig is the starting quarterback," Flood said. "We’re going to evaluate the first half and we’ll make a decision at halftime as to how we’re going to proceed." Star wide receiver Leonte Carroo is also suspended for the first half, so it really wouldn't be fair to evaluate Rettig based on those 30 minutes. Flood is playing coy for competitive reasons against a team his squad should blow off the field. This is also called being annoying.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 2 - 8:09 PM

Rutgers redshirt junior WR Carlton Agudosi is hoping to make an impression in the absence of senior WR Leonte Carroo.

Carroo is suspended for the first half of the Scarlet Knight's season-opener against Nolfolk State, which will provide an opportunity for Agudosi to shine on his own. HC Kyle Flood's certainly looking forward to seeing what the redshirt junior can offer, noting that "Carlton has worked hard to get this opportunity and now it's going to be fun for us to watch him do it." The 6-foot-6, 220-pound wideout has 10 catches for 111 yards over the last two seasons. Rivals graded him as a three-star recruit out of high school.
Source: nj.com
Sep 2 - 3:31 PM

Rutgers redshirt sophomore edge rusher Kemoko Turay is listed as questionable for the season opener with an upper body injury.

College injury reports are not required and specifics can be very hard to come by. The Scarlet Knights open with Norfolk State, so Turay might not be needed in the first week. If we were asked to peg a breakout defensive player this year, it would be Turay. He combines explosion with flexibility and power.
Sep 2 - 10:22 AM

Rutgers HC Kyle Flood told reporters that he "ha[s] no reason to believe" he won't coach in Saturday's season-opener against Norfolk State, despite an ongoing investigation into allegations of an academic violation.

Flood's being investigated for allegations that he used a personal email address to contact an instructor regarding the academic status of junior safety Nadir Barnwell. The head coach praised his team for their focus during this stretch of uncertainty, saying that he believes "the leadership on this football team has made a concerted effort that we need to take whatever externally could be an issue for us as a program and block it." The Scarlet Knights will face off with Norfolk State in the team's season-opener on Saturday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:16 PM

Rutgers senior DL Darius Hamilton will miss the season opener against Norfolk State due to a lower body injury.

Hamilton had hoped to be available for the first game but was limited during preseason camp. Many draft evaluators have mentioned Hamilton during the offseason as an unheralded defensive lineman who can surprise. We really like his teammate Kemoko Turay, but the combo is quite impressive.
Sep 1 - 1:12 PM

Former Hofstra quarterback Anton Clarkson said that "there's not a single coach in the NFL that wouldn't be impressed with [Rutgers redshirt sophomore QB Hayden Rettig's ability to throw the ball]."

"You have a kid that can flick his wrist and drop it 70-75 [yards] like it's nothing," said Clarkson, who's been training Rettig since the quarterback's time in middle school. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound transfer from LSU struggled in spring practice, but head coach Kyle Flood said that there's been a "night and day" difference in August. With sophomore Chris Laviano suspended for the first half of the team's season-opener against Norfolk State, Rettig will at least have a shot to impress with that big arm, though there's no guarantee that he holds the job permanently.
Source: nj.com
Aug 28 - 8:04 PM

Rutgers is currently investigating HC Kyle Flood for a possible academic violation.

According to a report at nj.com, Rutgers is looking into the allegation that Flood contacted an instructor from a personal email address regarding the status of junior safety Nadir Barnwell. Barnwell could reportedly be facing academic ineligibility this coming season. Flood responded to the allegations before Tuesday's practice, saying, "Now, any correspondence that I had with a professor in regard to a student-athlete would really be of this nature: One, to be in support of whatever decision that faculty member made, and two, to inquire as to whether or not there would be an opportunity to earn a better grade." The investigation is still ongoing.
Source: nj.com
Aug 25 - 4:01 PM

Rutgers sophomore Chris Laviano has been suspended for the first half against Norfolk State, which means redshirt sophomore Hayden Rettig will start at QB, according to Joe Schad.

The two quarterbacks were competing for the starting job, so by default Rettig wins the competition. Who knows if Laviano will be immediately inserted in the second half, but Rettig, an LSU transfer, gets the first shot at holding on to the position.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 1:24 PM

Rutgers senior WR Leonte Carroo has been suspended for the first half of the season opener against Norfolk State for a curfew violation, according to Joe Schad.

Carroo is viewed as one of the top receivers in the Big 10 and is Rutgers' top offensive player. Carroo produced 1,068 receiving yards last season, which was a whopping 36.7 percent market share of the team's total. Four other players will also face a suspension.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 1:16 PM

Rutgers redshirt sophomore edge rusher Kemoko Turay "could be a first round pick by season’s end," predicts the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman.

"Turay has a great frame, with perhaps the ability to add some weight and play full time defensive end," he wrote. "Although Turay spent most of his time playing on third downs in 2014, he did begin to see more snaps as the season progressed." In that limited playing time, the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder earned a Freshman All-American nod by posting seven sacks, 8.5 TFL and three blocked kicks. "The reason he mainly played on third down is because his pass rush skills are developing but, with some refinement, could be the best in the draft," Saltzman wrote. "With that said, Turay is extremely raw as a linebacker struggling to play the run and seldom dropping back in passing situations."
Aug 23 - 9:34 PM

Rutgers HC Kyle Flood said that junior WR Janarion Grant had only dropped one pass during training camp, a sign that he's working on his hands.

Butterfingers have been a problem for Grant, who caught 25 passes for 312 yards last season. Scarlet Knights beat writer Dan Duggan called the 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior "arguably [the team's] most dangerous player with the ball in his hands" while fellow wideout Leonte Carroo said the team needs Grant to touch the ball "at least 10 times [per game]." The receiver is also a return stud and was named Preseason Fourth Team All-America by Phil Steele in June.
Source: nj.com
Aug 20 - 5:13 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior RB Paul James will wear a brace on his right knee during the 2015 season.

James tore his ACL against Navy last September. He'll wear a brace to protect the knee, as is common among those recovering from ACL injuries. The 6-foot, 210-pound redshirt senior is expected to be ready to roll in Week 1. CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler wrote in July that a "relatively healthy season" is a must for the physical runner in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft. For his career, he's rushed for 1,266 yards and 14 touchdowns over the course of 224 carries.
Aug 18 - 4:27 PM

Rutgers graduate LB Kaiwan Lewis has begun taking reps with the first team in practice.

Lewis transferred from South Carolina over the winter. Because he earned his degree in the spring, he's eligible to play immediately, circumventing the NCAA's somewhat archaic bureaucracy. He and fellow LB Isaiah Johnson have been competing for the starting middle linebacker position this summer. Both players should see first-team snaps moving forward, but Lewis has jumped to an inside track.
Aug 18 - 4:03 PM

Rutgers redshirt sophomore edge rusher Kemoko Turay boasts "an amazing vertical jump to go along with the length," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Turay racked up postseason honors last season as a situational pass rusher," Reuter wrote. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Turay was a Freshman All-American in 2014, posting seven sacks, 8.5 TFL and three blocked kicks. Reuter grades him as the No. 6 third-year sophomore draft prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 16 - 10:09 PM

Rutgers junior WR/QB Terence Scanlon has left the team.

Scanlon was a transfer from Monmoth and a walk-on for the Scarlet Knights last season. As per NCAA rules, he sat out the 2014 season. During the spring, he transitioned to quarterback (as a high school senior, he threw for 1,200 passing yards and 13 touchdowns), but he's reportedly left the team and it looks like he won't be making a long-term go of things with Rutgers.
Aug 12 - 5:54 PM


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