There doesn’t appear to be changes to the depth chart this week, as Rutgers prepares to take on Michigan State on the road this coming Saturday. They opened as heavy underdogs in Vegas and still are dealing with some health issues.
Robert Martin didn’t play on offense last week and was limited to special teams. Starting safety Anthony Cioffi was banged up during the Indiana game. Quarterback Gio Rescigno looked limited somewhat by his hamstring, two weeks after tweaking it against Minnesota. Hopefully, some of those issues heal a bit this week and Rutgers is closer to full strength on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan.
Michigan State is dealing with their own injury issues, as starting quarterback Tyler O’Connor is being evaluated after Saturday’s loss to Illinois. He took a big hit in the game, but it’s believed he did not suffer a concussion. No word yet if he has been cleared to play against Rutgers.
Both teams have identical records of 2-7 overall and 0-6 in Big Ten play. Although the Spartans did beat a ranked Notre Dame team early in the season, they actually have zero victories over a winning team this year. Rutgers on the other hand, can claim New Mexico, who are now 5-3 on the season and are winners of four straight games.
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: Jawuan Harris is coming off his best game of his career, in which he had 8 catches for 81 yards against Indiana.....The offense struggled on Saturday, but Justin Goodwin continues his solid play in replace of starter Robert Martin, amassing 279 yards from scrimmage in the past two games.
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 played in the Indiana game and will be on a rotation with Saquan Hampton and Anthony Cioffi per Chris Ash in his weekly presser....Senior captain Darius Hamilton had his second 10 tackle game of the season against Indiana.
K: David Bonagura / Jared Smolar
P: Michael Cintron / Tim Gleeson
LS: Alan Lucy / Matthew Sportelli