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L.J. Liston dismissed from Rutgers football program

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The junior linebacker will not return for the Scarlet Knights next season.

LJ Liston (#25 on the ground) attempts a tackle against Howard
LJ Liston (#25 on the ground) attempts a tackle against Howard
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The linebacker unit took a hit today with the announcement that L.J. Liston has been dismissed from the Rutgers football team. Here is the official statement from Kyle Flood:

"L.J. is no longer part of the football program. He's currently exploring other options for his career as a student-athlete. We wish him well."

Liston appeared in 22 career games, amassing 31 tackles and one tackle for loss. No further explanation was given for his dismissal, but he has a history of being in Coach Flood's non-existent doghouse. Dan Duggan of NJ.com reported earlier last season that Liston failed a conditioning test in training camp and was suspended for a game due to study hall requirements.

The junior was in the running for playing time in 2015 with Kevin Snyder's departure, but his dismissal is alleviated by the additions of South Carolina transfer Kaiwan Lewis and JUCO recruit Isaiah Johnson.