The song remains the same for Rutgers at the most important position on the field. After getting benched in the first half against Michigan this past Saturday, Chris Laviano is still listed as the starter at quarterback for this week against Illinois. Zach Allen and Gio Rescigno continue to be listed as co-backups. True freshman Tylin Oden remains absent from the depth chart, despite our own Griffin Whitmer’s recommendation to start the run first signal caller this week.
There were other position changes in the game against Michigan that were also not reflected on this week’s depth chart. They include running back Josh Hicks and cornerback Ross Douglas, who moved to safety for Saturday’s game due to injuries to Kiy Hester and Saquan Hampton. Hester and left tackle Tariq Cole both missed the Michigan game, but continue to be listed as starters on the depth chart. It’s also not a good sign that Hampton remains absent from the depth chart, although Chris Ash probably wants to see how he practices this week before knowing if he could even go against Illinois.
It has also become clear through the first six games of the Ash Era that the depth chart does not necessarily reflect decisions made during that week’s game. Let’s hope for a lively week of practice as Rutgers prepares to get back on track in a winnable conference game against Illinois (1-4; 0-2).
QB: Chris Laviano / Gio Rescigno OR Zach Allen
RB: Robert Martin / Josh Hicks OR Justin Goodwin
TE: Nick Arcidiacono / Matt Flanagan
WR: Jawuan Harris / John Tsimis
WR: John Tsimis / Vance Matthews
WR: Andre Patton / Carlton Agudosi
LT: Tariq Cole / Zack Heeman
LG: Dorian Miller / Zach Venesky
C: Derrick Nelson / Jonah Jackson
RG: Chris Muller / Marcus Applefield
RT: J.J. Denman / Kamaal Seymour
Notes: No changes on the offensive side of the ball.
DE: Darnell Davis / Jimmy Hogan OR Ron’Dell Carter
NT: Sebastian Joseph / Kevin Wilkins
DT: Darius Hamilton / Jon Bateky
DE: Julian Pinnix-Odrick /Myles Nash
WLB: Trevor Morris / Eric Margolis
MLB: Deonte Roberts / Kevin Marquez
SLB: Tyreek Maddox-Williams / Ronnie James
CB: Isaiah Wharton / Ross Douglas
FS: Kiy Hester / K.J. Gray
SS: Anthony Cioffi / Lawrence Stevens
CB: Blessuan Austin / Damon Hayes
Notes: True freshman Tyreek Maddox-Williams is listed as the starter this week for the first time and received high praise from Ash. Although he did start against Michigan, it wasn’t announced until shortly before kickoff that Greg Jones, whom he replaced, suffered a career ending neck injury against Ohio State.
K: David Bonagura / Jared Smolar
P: Michael Cintron / Tim Gleeson
LS: Alan Lucy / Matthew Sportelli
Ash: 4 teams we've lost to are a combined 21-2. #Rutgers— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) October 10, 2016
Don’t worry coach, we have your back!
If it makes you feel any better, Notre Dame is also 2-4 but their losses are to opponents w combined record of 11-10. Rutgers opponents 21-2— On the Banks (@OTB_SBNation) October 9, 2016