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Rutgers Football Week 1 Depth Chart

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NCAA Football: Rutgers at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Depth Chart

OFFENSE

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.

DEFENSE

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.

SPECIAL TEAMS

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.