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Rutgers named redshirt senior DL Darius Hamilton a team captain.

Hamilton has now been named a team captain three times, something that has never happened for another Rutgers player in the 147-year history of Scarlet Knights football. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder was waylaid by a lower body injury after just 17 snaps last season. Back in a healthy 2014 campaign, though, he recorded 45 tackles (11.5 for loss) and six sacks. Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Hamilton will garner All-American consideration this coming season, assuming the defensive lineman can maintain his health.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 25 - 3:00 PM

Rutgers junior QB Chris Laviano will be the starter for 2016.

Laviano won out over TCU transfer Zach Allen after a tough offseason competition. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder threw for 2,247 yards (60.9% completions) and held a 16/12 TD/INT ratio. He lacks the upside to be a true fantasy contender. As for Allen, the former Horned Frog could still see the field in special packages -- particularly around the red zone, where his size and running ability might be best utilized.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 22 - 3:49 PM

NJ.com's Keith Sargeant calls Rutgers senior WR Janarion Grant the team's preseason MVP and says he'll be the school's "go-to offensive player" this fall.

"Anytime you have a guy who can line up in the backfield and line up in the slot, line up anywhere on the field, it creates issues for the defense and we're trying to make sure we're keeping them on their toes as well," WR coach Jafar Williams said. Last year, the 5-foot-10, 176-pound open-field dynamo had 352 yards on 35 receptions, 80 yards rushing on eight carries, 984 kick return yards, 167 punt return yards and five total touchdowns. That last number included a touchdown catch, a touchdown throw and a kick and punt return touchdown in the same game (first player in Rutgers history to do so). He finished No. 2 in the Big Ten with 1,583 all-purpose yards. Now that Leonte Carroo is in the NFL, Grant is expected to soak up many of his offensive touches. "We want Janarion Grant to be successful," Rutgers OC Drew Mehringer said.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 30 - 1:10 PM

Rutgers freshman LB Jonathan Pollock will transfer.

Pollock, a three-star member of the 2016 class, was an early-enrollee at Rutgers this spring. His father, Al Pollock, indicated that the 5-foot-11, 222-pounder's decision to leave for greener(?) pastures was not fueled by discomfort. "He loves Rutgers. He loves Chris [Ash]. He loves his teammates. He's going to miss them. He was committed there for a year and a half and he loved his time there," said the elder Pollock. "It just didn't work out." The linebacker initially committed to the Scarlet Knights all the way back in October of 2014. His transfer destination should come to light in relatively short order given that the regular season now looms on the distant horizon.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 16 - 7:40 PM

Rutgers junior TE Charles Scarff will transfer.

NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy had the scoop on this one. No word as of yet as to where Scarff might land with his transfer. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 248-pounder played in 12 games and caught 14 passes for an even 100 yards and a touchdown. Those 14 catches led all Rutgers tight ends. Scarff initially joined the Scarlet Knights as a walk-on in 2014. Redshirt junior Matt Flanagan and senior Nick Arcidiacono figured to receive the bulk of looks at tight end this season. That remains the case (and possibly then some) with Scarff exiting the picture.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 15 - 12:19 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Rutgers redshirt senior DL Darius Hamilton the No. 99 overall player in college football.

Hamilton was all set to exhaust his eligibility last season, but he ended up injured with a lower body injury for all but 17 snaps. Hamilton instead took a medical redshirt. He finished No. 14 in PFF's grades of the nation’s interior defensive linemen in 2014, grading out in the top-25 both against the run and pass. "A return to health should have him in the All-American mix on the defensive line," wrote Steve Palazzolo.
Jul 6 - 4:30 PM

Four-star 2017 Tyshon Fogg committed to Rutgers.

"It was very important to play at home in New Jersey," Fogg said. "My family can come to all my games. They live 40 minutes away. That was really important to me. That’s my home team." The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder originally hails from Asbury Park and currently lives in Towson, Maryland. He already feels a connection with DC Jay Niemann, who gave him an idea of how he might fit in on the Scarlet Knight defense. "They might be looking me at the MIKE [middle linebacker] or they could put me outside. Coach Niemann said it depends on how my body develops when I get there," he relayed. Rivals ranks Fogg as their No. 20 outside linebacking prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 27 - 2:57 PM

Dismissed Rutgers FB Razohnn Gross has joined the wrestling team.

Gross was kicked off the football team prior to the start of the 2015 season due to an aggravated assault charge. While the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder won't be welcomed back to HC Chris Ash's squad, he will have the opportunity to show off his heavyweight chops as a non-scholarship walk-on in wrestling. Said wrestling coach Scott Goodale, "We feel good about it. He’s been in our room working really, really hard. Nothing is guaranteed. He’ll have an opportunity to make our team. That’s as far as we’ll go for now."
Jun 17 - 12:11 PM

TCU graduate QB Zach Allen transferred to Rutgers.

Allen announced his transfer destination on Twitter, writing, "After a long process of decision making, I have decided that I want to play football at Rutgers! I'm excited to enroll and compete." He could play either wide receiver or quarterback for the Scarlet Knights after converting to wideout last spring. Should the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder opt for a shift back to quarterback, he would be competing with Chris Laviano and Hayden Rettig for starting duties this coming season. Allen has two years of eligibility remaining to his fair name.
Jun 8 - 3:04 PM

NJ.com's Todderick Hunt reports that transferring TCU graduate WR Zach Allen visited Rutgers over the weekend.

Allen was recruited to TCU as a quarterback, but transitioned over to wide receiver in the spring of 2015. He has put together a tape of his passing prowess for interested teams and it would not be a surprise if the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder switches back to quarterback after he transfers. When he announced his transfer, Allen said that he was "open to look all over the country." No other schools beyond Rutgers have been publicly reported as potential landing spots for Allen, but he indicated to FOX Sports in late May that he had been contacted by both FBS and FCS schools.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 6 - 2:15 PM

Miami sophomore TE Jerome Washington transferred to Rutgers.

All signs were pointing in this direction after Washington reported nothing but good vibes following his visit to the Scarlet Knights in mid-April. He will sit out the 2016 season due to transfer regulations, but will have two years of eligibility remaining once he is clear of the 2016 campaign. "It feels good. I'm definitely excited to get started and get to work and see what lies ahead of me," Washington said. The 6-foot-5, 264-pounder failed to log a catch in nine games last season.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 3 - 1:24 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior CB Davon Jacobs will transfer.

This according to NJ.com's Dan Duggan. Jacobs did not graduate this spring and would have to do so over the summer if he is to transfer to another FBS program. Injuries plagued the 6-foot, 196-pounder during the 2015 campaign and he managed to appear in just four games, recording 16 tackles in that space. The former three-star recruit has yet to make an official decision regarding his landing spot for 2016.
Source: nj.com
May 24 - 5:14 PM

Rutgers HC Chris Ash visited the Patriots as part of a professional development tour.

"There's been a lot of former players at Rutgers go through [the Patriots'] organization so any time I get an opportunity to go visit with somebody that's had success," Ash said, "I'm going to take advantage of it." Pats HC Bill Belichick was not around when Rutgers' new head honcho came calling, but Ash did have a chance to meet with several assistant coaches. "It's like anything else, you just go and you talk to them. Ask questions about stuff. It's just professional development that everybody does," Ash explained. He plans on visiting other NFL teams this summer. Rutgers is coming off a 4-8 season, one which eventually led to the downfall of Kyle Flood and ascension of Ash to his former throne.
Source: nj.com
May 24 - 1:27 PM

Transferring TCU graduate WR Zach Allen indicated that he is willing to move to any school.

"I'm open to look all over the country. I'm just looking for a place that is willing to take a chance on someone," Allen said. The 6-foot-3, 22-pounder told FOX Sports that he has been receiving strong interest since declaring his future transfer earlier this week and that he has received offers from both FCS and FBS schools (though he wouldn't offer exact details as to which schools are considering him). He is working on a tape for interested programs, one which showcases his passing abilities. Allen switched from quarterback to receiver last spring, but saw little on-field action from the position during TCU's 2015 season. Thus, the passing tape. "I know I don't have much of a resume, so I hope it will help sell me," Allen said.
Source: FOX Sports
May 23 - 5:59 PM

Rutgers senior WR Janarion Grant caught 11 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the program spring game.

Grant is still looking for his coming out party on offense during actual game action, as he has yet to accumulate 375 yards through the air in any one season. For the 2015 campaign, he caught 35 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder is a dynamic talent, though, as evidenced by his return prowess. He averaged 24.6 yards per kick return a year ago, slicing and dicing his way to 984 yards and three touchdowns. With Leonte Carroo moving on to the NFL, Grant and Andre Patton (who himself had nine catches for 112 yards in the spring game) are set to lead the Scarlet Knight receiving corp in 2016.
Source: nj.com
May 23 - 12:53 PM


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