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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

Rutgers redshirt sophomore edge rusher Kemoko Turay earns the No. 17 spot on Fox Sports' Bruce Feldmans "freaks" in college football list.

"As a freshman last season, the 6-6, 240-pound Turay had 7.5 sacks and blocked three kicks. Not bad for a guy who played only one season of varsity high school football," Feldman writes. The Rutgers prospect was third on the Scarlet Knights defense with 8.5 tackles-for-loss overall, earning Freshman All-American honors for his play in 2014.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 12 - 3:20 PM

Rutgers redshirt sophomore edge rusher Kemoko Turay "wins with athleticism," writes Rotoworld's Josh Norris.

"He closes so quickly when asked to loop up the middle and can set up inside or outside angles thanks to his edge speed," Norris wrote. "Hopefully more reps equals sustained success, or at the very least gives us a larger sample to identify where he wins: as a sub-package pass rusher or base package player." The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Turay was a Freshman All-American last year, finishing third on the team with 8.5 TFL and tying for the national lead with three blocked kicks. Turay fell under the radar during recruiting because he did not play football as a sophomore or junior in high school.
Source: Rotoworld
Aug 3 - 4:40 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline believes Rutgers senior T Keith Lumpkin is "just a big body rather than a good offensive tackle."

"I’ve seen Keith Lumpkin receive some high grades but I’m not a believer. To me he’s just a big body rather than a good offensive tackle as he’s stiff, off balance and best in phone booth," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound Lumpkin has the ideal size and frame for the next level, but will have to refine his game to improve his draft stock. The Rutgers prospect has started 26 consecutive games at left tackle for the Scarlet Knights.
Jul 31 - 2:57 PM

Rutgers senior WR Leonte Carroo "is small but has shown game breaking skill on occasion," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline notes.

In 2014, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Carroo finished the season with 55 receptions 1,086 yards, with 10 touchdowns, averaging 19.7 yard a catch in his first year as a starter. The scarlet Knights' deep-threat prospect has been timed in the high 4.3s in the 40-yard dash.
Jul 31 - 2:52 PM

Rutgers senior DT Darius Hamilton "has next level potential, likely as a sub-package player who will add depth on the defensive line," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes.

"Hamilton, who is the son of 12-year NFL veteran Keith Hamilton, uses his lower body quickness and body control to shift his weight in small spaces, spinning and working around bodies, but he needs to better collect himself in the backfield to make stops. Although he's not quite the future first rounder he was tabbed as a recruit, Hamilton has next level potential, likely as a sub-package player who will add depth on the defensive line," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Hamiliton was a five-star recruit coming out of Don Bosco Prep, but hasn't quite lived up to the hype. Hamilton finished the 2014 season with 45 tackles, six sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss. Brugler adds that Hamilton "has some tweener traits with the size of a defensive end, but the mind-set and movement skills of a defensive tackle."
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 3:54 PM


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