According to a report from Keith Sargeant of NJ Advance Media, Marcus Applefield is transferring from Rutgers. Applefield started 10 of 12 games for the Scarlet Knights in 2017, after participating in 27 career games. Marcus took to Twitter to thank the extended Rutgers Football family.
I would like to thank Rutgers University and the state of New Jersey for the past four years.I’ve had an amazing time and will love my brothers here forever. I have chosen to play my last year at another program.#jerseylove— Marcus Applefield (@applefield71) December 5, 2017
In the tweet, Applefield is concise about his decision to leave the program. Unless he will be graduating this December, he will not be able to join his new team until the summer as a graduate transfer. He has not announced his destination.
The Florida native was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Ultimately, Applefield was at worst a rotational player with the ability to play several spots on the line, this year he was the team’s starting right guard. The staff seemed intent on keeping continuity at center once Mike Maietti filled in for an injured Jonah Jackson. So when Jackson returned from injury, he took snaps at right guard from Applefield. AJ Blazek and the rest of the staff seem high on youngsters like redshirt freshman Nick Krimin who earned playing time throughout the year as well as finding roles for the current freshmen class that includes Micah Clark and Sam Vretman. All of that group combined do not have the experience being lost with the departure of Applefield and four year starter at left guard Dorian Miller who is out of eligibility.
Several true seniors were honored during senior day against Michigan State, but Applefield is the first to make his intentions known for certain that he plans to leave the Rutgers program.
We wish Marcus Applefield the best of luck in the rest of his career.