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Dallas Hendrikson out for 2011 with knee injury

The Rutgers football team encountered an awful setback today with the news that junior college transfer Dallas Hendrikson will be out for the entire 2011 season with a torn ACL. Hendrikson was battling neck and neck with David Osei for the starting center job. It's conceivable that Osei could emerge as a quality center, but at minimum this injury will badly hurt the team's offensive line depth. Expect backups like Caleb Ruch to see significant reps at the position when the Scarlet Knights eventually take the field this fall. If there is a silver lining to Hendrikson's injury, is that he still has a redshirt year remaining and will retain two years of football eligibility starting in 2012. In other news experimentation was the theme at Thursday's practice, which was the final of the spring before Saturday's Scarlet-White game. Schiano mentioned several positional experiments, including guard/tackle Art Forst (officially listed at 6'8) at center, safety Jawaun Wynn at receiver, Taj Alexander to the offensive line, and defensive lineman Anthony La Lota at tight end. Being the last practice of the spring, it is important to not read too much into those changes. The team's best defensive player, tackle Scott Vallone, will sit out on Saturday. The other major news on the day was that former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins visited practice.

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