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Rutgers Football: Week 3 Depth Chart v. Penn State

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Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the depth chart for this week's game at Penn State:

OFFENSE

QB: Chris Laviano/Hayden Rettig/Giovanni Rescigno

RB: Paul James OR Josh Hicks OR Justin Goodwin OR Robert Martin

FB: Sam Bergen/Anthony Folkerts

TE: Nick Arcidiacono/Matt Flanagan/Charles Scarff

WR: Carlton Agudosi/John Tsimis

WR: Andre Patton/Janarion Grant

LT: Keith Lumpkin/Zack Heeman

LG: Dorian Miller/Tariq Cole

C: Derrick Nelson/Zach Venesky

RG: Chris Muller/Marcus Applefield

RT: J.J. Denman/Ryan Brodie

  • In case you missed it yesterday, Flood declared Chris Laviano the starting quarterback for Saturday.
  • No change at running back on the depth chart.  Paul James was nicked up during Saturday's game against WSU, which limited him to 6 carries.  He is listed as probable on this week's injury report. Hicks received 15 carries last week, leading the way for the second consecutive game.  Robert Martin received 9 carries and was more effective, including an impressive 15 yard touchdown run.
  • Matt Flanagan scored a touchdown for the second consecutive game but remains the backup to Nick Arcidiacono.  Also, Charles Scarff had a solid game last week with 4 catches, but remains with Flanagan as the co-backup.
  • Of course, the biggest change is Carlton Agudosi stepping into the starting wide receiver role, replacing Leonte Carroo.  Flood said today he did not expect Carroo's status to change as of now.  He was suspended indefinitely yesterday.

DEFENSE

DE: Quanzell Lambert/Kemoko Turay

NT: Sebastian Joseph/Kevin Wilkins

DT: Julian Pinnix-Odrick/Eric Wiafe OR Jon Bateky

DE: Djwany Mera/Jimmy Hogan

WLB: Steve Longa/Deonte Roberts

MLB: Kaiwan Lewis/Isaiah Johnson

SLB: Quentin Gause/Eric Margolis OR Kevin Marquez

CB: Isaiah Wharton/Ronnie James

FS: Anthony Cioffi/ Saquan Hampton

SS: Davon Jacobs/Andre Hunt OR Kiy Hester

CB: Bleassuan Austin/Jarius Adams

  • Some were optimistic that Darius Hamilton would be added to the depth chart this week, but unfortunately he is still listed as out on the injury report with a lower body injury.  There is no timetable for his return at the moment.  I would not expect him to be available any earlier than the October 10th game against Michigan State, although I am skeptical.  Each week the speculation will grow on the severity of Hamilton's injury and the possibility that he will take a medical redshirt for the season.
  • Djwany Mera, who was listed as questionable on the injury report last week, did not appear on it this week.
  • Kemoko Turay is still listed probable on the injury report this week and is listed behind Quanzell Lambert on the depth chart.  Turay saw considerable time last week, but was not successful in making a significant impact.  He did register three quarterback hurries in the game.
  • Kiy Hester is no longer on the injury report, after appearing there the first two games.  He is still listed behind Davon Jacobs on the depth chart.  Hester saw a lot of action last week and it will be interesting to see how much time he will see this week in Happy Valley.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Kyle Federico/Chris Gough

P: Joey Roth/Michael Cintron

LS: Alan Lucy/Alex Hutchings

H: Joey Roth/Brian Verbitski

KR/PR: Janarion Grant/Josh Hicks

  • Federico made two field goals last week from 37 yards and 48 yards, respectively.  He was only 2-3 on extra points, with one being blocked.  He is now 11-12 on extra point tries for the season.
  • Janarion Grant was the first modern day player in Rutgers history to run back both a kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns in the same game.  He also set a record for most all-purpose yards in one game with 337 yards.
Any changes that occur to the depth chart later this week will be updated.