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Rutgers redshirt junior TE Tyler Kroft caught four passes for 44 yards in Saturday's win over Indiana.

Kroft was considered a prospect over the summer, when TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he was a "solid pass catcher with nice length" who needed to improve if he wanted to be drafted. We haven't really seen that improvement this season. Kroft caught 43 passes for 573 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, but has just 17 catches for 179 yards through eight games in 2014. Staying in school for another year seems like his best option for draftability purposes.
Nov 15 - 9:35 PM

Rutgers sophomore WR Ruhann Peele has been suspended for the rest of the 2014 campaign in relation to an assault charge from late August.

Peele had not played this season, though his previous absences had been related to an upper-body injury. He's been medically cleared to play, but obviously, the suspension negates that. The news of his assault charge did not surface until several weeks ago. A year ago, the sophomore caught 28 passes for 478 yards. He also played cornerback for several games.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 4 - 6:01 PM

Rutgers senior QB Gary Nova is available to play against Wisconsin, but the team will not disclose a starter until kickoff.

Nova was helped off the field against Nebraska last week with what appeared to be a nasty knee injury. Apparently it was not as serious as first guessed. Nova has thrown 14 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes. If not Nova, Chris Laviano would start.
Nov 1 - 9:54 AM

Rutgers senior QB Gary Nova was helped off the field just before half time in the game against Nebraska with a knee injury.

It looked potentially serious, but we won't speculate on specifics. It seems like Nova is in his seventh season as the school's starter. Prior to exiting, Nova completed 8 of 19 attempts for 71 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Oct 25 - 1:40 PM

Rutgers senior QB Gary Nova improved his draft stock during Saturday's 26-24 win over Michigan, according to NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

Nova had one of his finest performances on the collegiate gridiron, going 22-for-39 for 400-plus yards and three touchdown passes. He found nine different receivers to help the Scarlett Knights improve to 5-1. Nova entered this year with an ugly 51/39 TD/INT rate and a career completion of less than 57 percent, but there are believers who think new Rutgers offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen might improve his passing mechanics enough to give Nova a shot at getting a look in the pros.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 7 - 6:12 PM

Rutgers senior RB Savon Huggins will miss the season due to injury and plans on redshirting.

Huggins has not played this season because of a shoulder issue, so a medical redshirt should be easy to get. As a junior, Huggins rushed for 286 yards and two touchdowns while starting three games.
Oct 7 - 11:33 AM

Rutgers redshirt freshman DE Kemoko Turay has blocked three kicks in 2014.

The 6'6/235 lbs Scarlet Knight has also contributed on defense, posting 5.5 tackles for loss. Rutgers has quietly put together a solid 5-1 season, and they face Ohio State after an off week.
Oct 7 - 10:59 AM

Rutgers redshirt junior RB Paul James will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his ACL against Navy over the weekend.

James, who came into the matchup No. 5 on the Big Ten’s rushing list, ends his 2014 campaign with 63 carries for 363 yards and five touchdowns. Before the helmet of a Navy defender struck James' knee and ended his season, the star running back had carried seven times for 96 yards and a touchdown. This is a devastating blow for both the school and player; Rutgers' loses its premier playmaker, while James' NFL dreams are now delayed for at least a year. James reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of "a not-as-cut version of Chargers back Ryan Mathews." James led Rutgers with 881 yards a year ago, missing four games with a broken fibula.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 22 - 2:05 AM

Rutgers redshirt junior RB Paul James exited Saturday's game against Navy in the second frame with an apparent knee injury.

James took a helmet to his right knee on a 13-yard run. As the replay booth tried to decide if he'd fumbled or not on the play -- he had not -- trainers worked on James' right leg. They assisted James off the field and James was ultimately outfitted with crutches. James had 96 yards on seven carries before he came out. The running back missed four games last year with a broken fibula.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 20 - 7:05 PM

Rutgers sophomore CB Justin Goodwin will miss Saturday's game against Howard with an upper body injury.

Goodwin converted from running back to cornerback this offseason and was expected to make his first start at the position. Sophomores Anthony Cioffi or Nadir Barnwell will see a bump in playing time.
Source: NJ.com
Sep 5 - 2:08 PM

Rutgers redshirt junior RB Paul James reminds CBS Sports' Dane Brugler of "a not-as-cut version of Chargers back Ryan Mathews."

James showed "why he has a future at the next level," wrote Brugler, by running for 173 yards and three touchdowns in last week's 41-38 win over Washington State. "James did an outstanding job lowering and squaring his pads, running with purpose and finishing each run," Brugler wrote. "He stayed balanced through contact and although he's not overly shifty or explosive, Ryan showed the start/stop quickness to cut back, using vision to find secondary lanes. He clearly loves running north-south with forward lean and keeps his legs churning through contact, making him a chore to tackle. James led Rutgers with 881 yards a year ago and is well on his way to breaking the 1,000-plus barrier this season. And NFL scouts have taken notice." The 6-foot, 210-pounder runs a 4.62 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 5:09 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that Rutgers redshirt junior RB Paul James "routinely ran through arm tackles, showing impressive leg drive, forward lean and enough burst to gain yardage in chunks," in a 41-38 win over Washington State.

James ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the contest. The 6-foot, 210-pound junior "lowers his shoulders on contact and spins off hits, keeping his feet moving and eyes searching for daylight" and "showed better acceleration than his frame would indicate" on Thursday, according to the analyst. James suffered through an ankle injury last year, so we're hoping he can stay healthy this fall. The 6-foot, 210-pounder runs a 4.62 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 1 - 4:23 PM

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


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