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September 30, 2013

Monday Notebook: Another game week begins

Monday's Top Headline: Three RU defensive players out for SMU
When Rutgers plays at SMU this Saturday afternoon, it will be without the services of three defensive players who have all played meaningful minutes this season. Starting linebacker Jamal Merrell will miss his third straight game with a kidney issue while defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey will not play because of a tricep injury. Lastly, cornerback Gareef Glashen will miss the next two games due to personal reasons.

Sophomore Quentin Gause will start in place of Merrell at linebacker for the second straight game, but redshirt freshman Davon Jacobs could also see action.

"We saw last week that the matchup really allowed Quentin to excel in the Arkansas game, and Quentin is going to have a role in this game as well," head coach Kyle Flood said during his Monday morning press conference. "But when teams want to spread the field like this, I think having a guy like Davon Jacobs can be an advantage, as well."

Daryl Stephenson has been bumped up to second team defensive tackle with Kirksey on the shelf.

"Daryl is somebody that when we recruited him, we had very high expectations for. The two seasons prior to this, he has not been available to us, and now he's got the opportunity to be available to us and he's really made the most of it and he's getting better every week," Flood said. "We knew he would be big and strong and physical, and now that he's finally getting the opportunity to play, he's finally getting better and better and better, and all that skill development is paying off for him."

Glashen started one game this season and has been playing quite a bit as a second-team corner. Without his services, true freshman Anthony Cioffi could see more action as the team's No.4 cornerback.

"Guys like Anthony Cioffi, they are going to play as this season goes on," Flood said. "To date, we are only a third of the way through the season. We have a lot of football left to play and we are going to need a lot of players to do it."

Transfer News
Rutgers announced today that third-year sophomore Marquise Wright is transferring out of the program and plans to move down  to an undetermined school at the FCS level. Wright came into Rutgers as a highly-touted four-star recruit in the class of 2011 and lined up at defensive tackle through his first year. Last year, he moved to offensive guard and appeared in a total of two games at Rutgers.

Injury report
Rutgers released its weekly injury report today and here's a look at the latest list:

  • Carlton Agudosi (Hamstring) -Probable
  • Sam Bergen (Ankle) - Out
  • Brandon Arcidiacono (Shoulder) - Out
  • Bryant Gross-Armiento (Hamstring) - Out
  • Andre Civil (Elbow ) - Probable
  • Jeremy Deering (Lower body) - Probable
  • Jeff Gignac (Hamstring) - Out
  • Paul Carrezola (Lower body) - Probable
  • Max Issaka (Shoulder) - Out
  • Paul James (Leg) - Out
  • Kenneth Kirksey (Tricep ) - Out
  • Taylor Marini (Shoulder) - Out
  • Vance Matthews (Back) - Probable
  • Jamal Merrell (Kidney) - Out
  • Al Page (Shoulder) - Out
  • Andre Patton (Ankle) - Probable
  • Julian Pinnix-Odrick (Knee) - Out
Quotables
Tyler Kroft on receiving the John Mackey Award as country's top tight end last week:
"I was blown away by it. I still kind of am. But I don't want that to be the pinnacle of what I am doing. I want that to be the jump off point. I want to keep progressing and keep doing better each week. Whatever recognition comes, that's great but I am just going to keep trying to do what I do."

 Gary Nova on how his arm is feeling four games into the season:
"It feels a lot better. At this point in the season last year, I didn't feel as good as I do now. Hopefully, I keep feeling better. I will keep working out and keep putting my body in good situations."

Kyle Flood on how the running back touches will be distributed against SMU:
"I don't know if I can predetermine that. Savon [Huggins] is going to start the game and I have full confidence in Savon. He has proven to be a guy that can win for us and play winning football, and he'll get opportunity to go out there and start the game. But I think by the end of the game you're going to see Justin Goodwin, I think you're going to see Desmon Peoples."

Scarlet Stats
Brandon Coleman is two receiving touchdowns away from tying Tim Brown's school record of 20...
Rutgers is No.1 in the nation in opponent rushing yards per carry on first down (1.42)...Rutgers is allowing 69.8 rushing yards per game, good for fourth in the nation...Since 2000, Rutgers is 46-5 when holding opponents to under 300 yards of offense.

Bye time
This past weekend gave the Scarlet Knights some down time and here's a look at how a couple of them spent their off days. 

  • Kevin Snyder - "I went home and I basically did nothing. I sat around, watched football with my family and ate a lot of food."
  • Darius Hamilton - "I went home and went to see my little brother's football game and hung out with the family. It was a lot of fun. My brother (Miles) is eight years old and he's doing a great job out there. They have him playing middle linebacker and running back. It's fun to watch him grow."
Ousted in UConn
Today marked the end of the Paul Pasqualoni era at UConn as the head coach was fired during his third season at the helm. The Huskies are 0-4 and are coming off a deflating 41-12 loss to Buffalo. Head coach Kyle Flood commented on Pasqualoni following today's press conference in the Hale Center.

"Anybody who grew up coaching high school or college [football] in the northeast has the utmost respect for Coach Pasqualoni. He set the standard for relationships between college and high school coaches. He is a beloved figure. ...As a young coach coming through the profession, he is someone I always looked up to."

Pasqualoni compiled a 10-18 record while at UConn. The Scarlet Knights will travel to Connecticut on Nov 30th for what will be their final road game of the regular season.

Recruit scoop
Rutgers commit Kiy Hester had a huge game in DePaul's 35-25 victory over Don Bosco this past weekend. Hester had a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown and also had an 18-yard touchdown reception.



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