Training camp starts today, so actual real football is right around the corner. Since spring practices concluded, Rutgers football team has seen a number of new additions, some people moving on, and some signed recruits fail to make it to the Banks. Here's what you need to know about who's here, who's not, and who hasn't made it yet.
Who is Here?
- The freshmen class, with a few exceptions (see below)
- Hayden Rettig - high profile QB transfer from LSU, cannot compete this year but will be a valuable scout team contributor and a favorite for the job in 2015
- Andrew Turzilli - experienced Jersey-born WR, 5th year transfer from Kansas. Will provide the Knights some much needed experience in the WR corps.
- Coach E.J. Barthel - official position still not announced, but the veteran strength trainer is rumored to be working with Jim Panagos and the D Line, or Norries Wilson and the Running Backs.
- Phil Galliano - not a new addition, but he got a promotion. The former head of player development is now Rutgers recruiting coordinator.
Who is Not Here, But Should Be?
- Devin Ray - Walk-on QB, transferred to Monmouth for increased chances of playing time
- Philip Nelson - You know why he is not here.
Interesting observation from Dan Duggan:
Crazy how fast things change. Three of the six QBs in this photo from spring practice are no longer with the team: pic.twitter.com/lXEzsCYHpY— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) July 31, 2014
- Tariq Ahmad - former recruiting coordinator, left to take a scouting job with the NFL's 49ers.
- J.R. Reese - Walk on QB in 2014 class, prepping this year.
- Sidney Gopre - Star Ledger HS Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and one of Rutgers most anticipated commits in the 2014 class. The Weequahic LB will prep for a semester at Milford Academy, and should be back on the Banks in January.
- Justin Nelson - One of the vocal leaders in the 2014 recruiting class. Will go the JUCO route, spending two years at Nassau CC in Long Island. He says he still intends to be a Knight when he gets his academics in order, but two years is a long time, and JUCO players sometimes have a hard time qualifying at Rutgers.
- Kevin Wilkins - massive DT from St. Joe's, the 2014 recruit is taking two summer classes to make it through the NCAA's clearinghouse so he can be eligible to play this year. He should be on campus within a matter of weeks.
- Cal Ibanez - JUCO OL transfer from California (Florida native) was a Knight for about five minutes this summer, but has decided to step away from football for personal reasons for a little while. From Todderick:
"It was nothing I would hold against Rutgers, they treated me fine. It was just problems I was having within myself and within my family that made me want to step away from it all. And being around my family really helped."
- Tejay Johnson - WR announced his football career is over due to lower body injuries.
- Brandon Arcidiacono - OL another career ending injury.