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Rutgers Football: Blake Rankin & Bryant Gross-Armiento to transfer

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Rankin will transfer to find a starting spot at QB, while Gross-Armiento seems to have left due to personal reasons.

Redshirt Soph. QB Blake Rankin
Redshirt Soph. QB Blake Rankin
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This news come per Matt Hladik, who cites a source live at Rutgers practice:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Per <a href="https://twitter.com/BobbyDeren">@BobbyDeren</a> , who is on the scene at practice, QB Blake Rankin and DB Bryant Gross-Armiento have left the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rutgers&amp;src=hash">#Rutgers</a> program</p>&mdash; Matt Hladik (@MattHladik919) <a href="https://twitter.com/MattHladik919/statuses/453567513734180864">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The redshirt sophomore quarterback from Bloomsburg, PA cited playing time as a reason for leaving:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Blake Rankin said decision to transfer is related to playing time. Writing was on the wall as he fell behind three QBs on the depth chart.</p>&mdash; Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) <a href="https://twitter.com/DDuggan21/statuses/453573910072532992">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>An emotional Rankin: "It was probably the toughest decision I’ve ever made. Rutgers has been good to me, but it’s just time to move on.&quot;</p>&mdash; Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) <a href="https://twitter.com/DDuggan21/statuses/453574216865296384">April 8, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Rankin was a mid-range three star recruit who came to Piscataway as a dual-threat quarterback. His athleticism provided a lot of hope and promise for a dynamic player, but he just couldn't develop his game enough to merit consideration over Nova or Dodd during his time on the banks.

Of course, Flood was notorious for (stubbornly) sticking with Nova through a lot of bad performances, so the debate will rage on as to how fair of a shot Rankin actually received. After all, you can't develop a quarterback if you don't give him the first-team reps to improve his game. It's a futile debate now that he's gone, and it'll be interesting to see who wins the competition now that it's down to three likely candidates: Gary Nova, Mike Bimonte, and Chris Laviano.

As for Bryant Gross-Armiento, his decision to transfer will likely not affect the team in any significant way. The 6'1", 190 pound redshirt freshman was sitting out the spring due to personal reasons. Gross-Armiento was nowhere to be found on the pre-spring depth chart, and was not likely going to challenge for a starting safety spot.