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Rutgers Football Week 3 Depth Chart v. New Mexico Released

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The depth chart for week 3 against New Mexico was released and two official changes took place. One is Jawuan Harris moving into a starting role at wide receiver. Robert Martin also moved to the top spot at running back after a solid season debut against Howard. There was no change on the depth chart at quarterback and in addition, Ash made this remark regarding the situation.

OFFENSE

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: Janarion Grant / John Tsimis

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: As we have seen through two games so far, the receivers have had issues gaining separation in coverage. Jawuan Harris is the fastest receiver other than Janarion Grant and he led the team in receiving yards against Howard. He also caught an open field, 29 yard touchdown in the 4th quarter. With Rutgers still needing someone to step up as a reliable #2 receiver, his opportunity to become that player has arrived.

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: Head Coach Chris Ash indicated Saquan Hampton will miss time with an injury, but is expected back this season. Kiy Hester will start in his place, although no change was actually made to the depth chart. Hester is more than capable of stepping into the starter’s role for now....there was no other notable news on defense, other than Ross Douglas, who is also dealing with an injury that is expected to keep him out awhile. He also remains on the depth chart in a backup role.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: David Bonagura / Jared Smolar

P: Michael Cintron / Tim Gleeson

LS: Alan Lucy / Matthew Sportelli

Notes: No changes on special teams.

Rutgers opened as the favorite against New Mexico, per the oddsmakers in Las Vegas.