Chris Ash held his first ever game week press conference as the head coach of Rutgers in anticipation of the season opener at Washington. There was no official injury report and Ash noted in his press conference that this is as healthy as he’s ever seen a football team. There are no injuries to any starter or anyone that would otherwise even be on the two deep, with the exception of Robert Martin. Darius Hamilton will be at 100% and as of now, the only injury up in the air is the health of Kemoko Turay. He has yet to fully practice and his status is completely unknown.
Rutgers 2 Deep lists J J Denman, Greg Jones as starters pic.twitter.com/ri4yRFZQLO— Sam Hellman (@SamHellmanScout) August 29, 2016
QB: Chris Laviano / Gio Rescigno OR Zach Allen
RB: Justin Goodwin / Robert Martin OR Josh Hicks
TE: Nick Arcidiacono / Matt Flanagan
WR: Carlton Agudosi or John Tsimis / Jawuan Harris
WR: Janarion Grant / Dacoven Bailey OR John Tsimis
WR: Andre Patton / Vance Matthews
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: Chris Ash said he will decide on a backup QB by Saturday and Chris Laviano will be the starter as of now, barring injury or if the game is out of hand...Justin Goodwin is listed as the starting RB, Ash said this is because Robert Martin has been injured but will still play...JJ Denman is the starting right tackle as Zack Heeman has moved to left tackle...Converted defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour is now the backup right tackle.
DE: Quanzell Lambert / Darnell Davis
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: Greg Jones / Najee Clayton
CB: Isaiah Wharton / Ross Douglas
FS: Saquan Hampton / Kiy Hester
SS: Anthony Cioffi / Lawrence Stevens
CB: Blessuan Austin / Damon Hayes
Notes: Kevin Wilkins has moved back to nose tackle and Jon Bateky has slid into the backup 3T spot...Myles Nash has moved onto the two-deep as a pass rushing defensive end...A shocker at SLB as Greg Jones is listed as the starter over Najee Clayton...freshman walk-on Lawrence Stevens is now the backup SS which is a name that no one has heard up until now...Freshman CB Damon Hayes has moved into a backup CB role.
K: David Bonagura / Jared Smolar
P: Michael Cintron / Tim Gleeson
LS: Alan Lucy / Matthew Sportelli
Notes: No surprises here and it should remain the same for the whole season. David Bonagura will also likely handle kickoffs.