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Rutgers hired Los Angeles Chargers TE coach John McNulty to serve as offensive coordinator.

News of McNulty's impending hiring broke last week, with Rutgers making it official on Tuesday. His only other spot working as a coordinator at the collegiate level came with these same Scarlet Knights from 2007-08. He's spent the vast bulk of career working as an assistant in the NFL. While his extensive experience working in pro-style offenses would seem to fly in the face of the spread attack that HC Chris Ash is attempting to build in New Jersey, McNulty worked with Marcus Mariota in Tennessee (2014-15) and is not completely raw to more up-tempo spread concepts. He specifically mentioned Mariota when speaking to his offensive approach at his new job, saying, "I think it will be a good mix of what we did with the Chargers, a version of that and some things I did in Tennessee with Marcus Mariota as a rookie. I got to study that system extensively out in Oregon and it will also lean towards accentuating the positives of our personnel."
Source: Rivals
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy reports that Rutgers has hired Los Angeles Chargers TE coach John McNulty to serve as offensive coordinator.

This will be McNulty's second stint as offensive coordinator at Rutgers. He previously held the position for the Scarlet Knights from 2007-08. Prior to him being brought back, that had been his only stint at any level as a coordinator. He's largely worked in the NFL over the course of his career, holding down stints with the Chargers (2016-17) Titans (2014-15), Bucs (2013) and Cardinals (2009-12) between his two stops with Rutgers. It's not the sexiest of hires by the Scarlet Knights, but McNulty has deep coaching experience and could potentially bring a variation of a spread offense to the table in New Jersey. That's what HC Chris Ash would like to run in a perfect world and Dunleavy specifically notes that part of McNulty's appeal comes in the fact that he worked with Marcus Mariota in that kind of scheme while serving as quarterbacks coach with the Titans. At Rutgers, he replaces OC Jerry Kill, who stepped down earlier this winter due to health concerns.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 11 - 5:44 PM

Boston College redshirt junior RB Jonathan Hilliman transferred to Rutgers.

We like it. The Scarlet Knights found a fair amount of success in Miami transfer Gus Edwards during the 2017 season and will be trying that transfer route once more. Hilliman will be eligible to play immediately for Rutgers in the fall as a graduate transfer. The 6-foot, 224-pounder managed 638 rushing yards (3.8 YPC) and five touchdowns for the past season, and that's with true freshman A.J. Dillon exploding onto the scene. He'll have every opportunity to make his mark during the coming year, as Edwards no longer has collegiate eligibility left to his fair name.
Jan 11 - 5:15 PM

Rutgers OC Jerry Kill will step down from the position due to health concerns.

Kill, 56, was hospitalized earlier this season after suffering what is being called a "minor" seizure caused by his epilepsy. He did return to the sidelines later in the year, but it sounds like neither party is comfortable taking health risks at this point in time. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher head coach didn't announce his retirement, but sounded in his announcement, he sounded like that was a strong possibility. Rutgers will now look for a new director of the offense under Head Coach Chris Ash.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 06:28:00 PM

Rutgers OC Jerry Kill is evaluating his options and is expected to make a 'health related decision' on his future in the coming days.

Kill, 56, has epilepsy, and has dealt with seizures, including a "mild" one that hospitalized him in September. The former Minnesota Gophers coach was forced to resign due to the seizures in 2015, and spent 2016 with Kansas State in a "non-coaching" role. With recruiting picking up, the Scarlet Knights will likely want a decision soon, but coach Chris Ash has been reportedly telling recruits that Kill may not be with the team in 2018.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 03:05:00 PM

Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-5, 252-pounder is all potential and little production to this point. He earned Freshman All-American honors in 2014 by posting seven sacks, 8.5 TFL and three blocked kicks. In the three seasons since, he's collected a total of only seven sacks. This year, he did improve to 6.0 TFL. Turay combines length and athleticism, so he's going to get a long look.
Source: Senior Bowl
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 12:59:00 PM

Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay received an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

We were excited about Turay during his redshirt sophomore season, but he plateaued since. Turay looks like a great athlete and, hopefully, he receives coaching to translate that into pass rushing success.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 09:48:00 AM

Rutgers C Chris Ash received a two-year extension and had his contract reworked through the year 2022.

Ash will receive a raise from $2 million to $2.2 million a year starting next season, and the two additional years added on are worth $5.1 million total. Interestingly, this is Ash's first actual contract, as he spent the previous two seasons working Memorandum of Agreement with the promise of working out an official contract after finding out if there were going to be any sanctions that occurred under former Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood. In his two seasons at Rutgers, Ash has accrued a record of 6-18, but did jump from two to four wins in 2017.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior RB Gus Edwards rushed for 10 yards on four carries in Saturday's 40-7 loss to Michigan State.

Just nothing doing for Edwards and the rest of the Scarlet Knights offense in this one. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound redshirt senior wraps up his season with 713 rushing yards and six touchdowns to his fair name. The yardage total is more than double his previous best for a season.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 08:50:00 PM

NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy reports that Rutgers redshirt junior QB Giovanni Rescigno will start Saturday's game against Michigan State.

Scarlet Knights HC Chris Ash reopened the quarterback competition this week, with true freshman Johnathan Lewis battling it out with Rescigno for the right to start the team's final game of the campaign. It'll be Rescigno who takes the first snaps. He's started seven consecutive contests, though it would not surprise if Lewis received some run versus the Spartans depending on the flow of the game.
Source: NJ.com
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 02:44:00 PM

Rutgers HC Chris Ash has reopened the quarterback competition.

On Monday, Ash declined to say whether he was leaning towards starting junior Gio Rescigno or true freshman Johnathan Lewis in the finale against Michigan State this weekend. Rescigno has started six straight games, whereas Lewis has never started. "The last couple weeks, we have had conversations about the quarterback position a lot. We'll go through the week and evaluate it, and we'll play the person that gives us the best chance to win this next Saturday," Ash said. He indicated that the decision will be made before gameday. "We'll make a decision before that. I mean, that's what's right for the team. But we are not going to make a decision today, on Monday," Ash said. "We have got to go through some practices and we've got to look at what we need to do against Michigan State, which is a very good defense and see who gives us the best chance to win."
Source: Rivals
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 03:28:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior WR Janarion Grant (undisclosed) didn't travel with the team to Saturday's game at Indiana.

With his season ravaged by nagging injuries, Grant has recorded a meager 16-167-1 line this fall.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior pass rusher Kemoko Turay was invited the NFLPA Bowl.

We're going to keep a close watch on Turay's process. The 6-foot-5, 252-pounder earned a Freshman All-American nod by posting seven sacks, 8.5 TFL and three blocked kicks back in 2014, showing explosion off the edge along with his obvious length. Since then, he’s more or less disappeared statistically, posting only 5.5 sacks total since the beginning of 2015. Turay could really help himself with a big pre-draft process showing.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt sophomore DB Juwaun Harris could be moved back to wide receiver according to HC Chris Ash.

The Scarlet Knights have improved significantly in 2017 under Ash, but they're not getting much out of the passing game. Moving an athletic talent like Harris could help alleviate some of those struggles. "It's on the table, it's up for discussion,'' Ash said. "If Saquan Hampton is completely (healthy) ... then there is an opportunity to potentially move Jawuan back. We have not made that decision yet, though."
Source: NJ.com
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 06:50:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior WR/RB Janarion Grant (undisclosed) is questionable to play Saturday against Penn State.

Grant once again has battled injuries in 2017, and was held out of last week's win over Maryland. The talented playmaker's absence would likely mean more touches for Gus Edwards in the run game and more targets for Jerome Washington when the Scarlet Knights drop back to pass.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 09:31:00 PM


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