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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

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


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