The depth chart for this week’s game against Indiana was released early this afternoon. On offense, Josh Hicks and Justin Goodwin are listed as co-backups to starter Robert Martin. The last game against Minnesota was Goodwin’s best performance of the season, as he replaced Martin, who missed the game due to a leg injury. Martin’s availability for this Saturday is still up in the air, as are a couple other key players, per head coach Chris Ash at his weekly press conference.
Even if Martin does start, expect Goodwin to get a lot of opportunities out of the backfield as well. Ash did say Goodwin would start until Martin is able to, whenever that is. Hicks has not been a factor on offense in weeks, partly due to a temporary switch to safety and a short absence from practice due to a personal matter. However, he should be in line for more action after the bye week, especially if Martin isn’t ready to go. For a full review of the running backs this season through eight games, click here.
As for quarterback, Gio Rescigno is slated to start the second game of his career after throwing for 3 touchdowns and 220 yards. He did have three turnovers and played through hamstring tightness the entire second half against Minnesota. Gio played well in his first start and almost pulled off a big comeback after Rutgers trailed 21-3 through the 1st quarter. His hamstring issue from the previous game lingered longer than expected, as Ash made this telling statement at the presser.
Ash: "If we had to play last Saturday, I don't know if Gio could've." Good insight into injury. #Rutgers— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) October 31, 2016
Rutgers will obviously be careful with Gio in practice this week, so that he is ready to go against Indiana. Former starter Chris Laviano and Zach Allen are listed as co-backups to Rescigno, as they were against Minnesota. However, the only other quarterback to see action in that game was true freshman Tylin Oden.
We will have a full breakdown of what head coach Chris Ash, offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann have to say at their weekly press conferences later on. Rutgers is a heavy underdog against Indiana this weekend.
QB: Gio Rescigno / Chris Laviano 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: Kamaal Seymour / J.J. Denman
Notes: Andre Patton leads all Rutgers receivers with 271 yards receiving, 15.9 yards per catch, and 4 touchdowns....Kamaal Seymour was named the starter at right tackle moving forward by head coach Chris Ash and stated his excitement for the future with him and Tariq Cole at the tackle positions.
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: Saquan Hampton / Kiy Hester OR K.J. Gray
SS: Anthony Cioffi / Lawrence Stevens
CB: Blessuan Austin / Damon Hayes
Notes: Kiy Hester missed the Minnesota game and was replaced by Saquan Hampton, who played in his first game since the opener. Hopefully, Hester is healthy enough to back Hampton up against Indiana’s explosive offense.
K: David Bonagura / Jared Smolar
P: Michael Cintron / Tim Gleeson
LS: Alan Lucy / Matthew Sportelli
From Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson’s weekly press conference:
Wilson is asked if last year's Rutgers debacle resonates with this year's team: "Nah."— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) October 31, 2016