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Big Ten to use commemorative coin to honor Sam Foltz, Mike Sandler

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Tributes to Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have seemingly been a weekly occurrence across college football the first four weeks of the season, and the players’ conference will get on board in Week 5.

A commemorative coin will be used to honor both Foltz and Sadler at all seven Big Ten games this weekend, the league announced Wednesday.  As this is the first full weekend of conference action, the coins, with Foltz on one side and Sadler on the other, will be used for the coin flip prior to each league matchup.

The Cornhuskers have decided to use the coins for the remainder of the season.

Folks and Sadler were killed in a July car accident on their way home from a kick camp in Wisconsin. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the wreck, but is kicking this season for the Tigers and honoring both by wearing special cleats.

Below are the coins that will be used, courtesy of the Big Ten:

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Rutgers loses play-making Janarion Grant to season-ending ankle injury

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 17:  Janarion Grant #1 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights carries the ball in the first half against the New Mexico Lobos at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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If there was one player Rutgers may not have been able to afford to lose this season, it was Janarion Grant. Unfortunately for Rutgers, Grant has indeed ben lost for the season due to an ankle injury suffered Saturday in a home loss against Iowa.

Grant injured his right ankle on Saturday and returned to the Rutgers sideline on crutches later in the game. That was an ominous sign itself, but Rutgers head coach Chris Ash confirmed the unfortunate news on Monday when addressing the media. Ash did not reveal the specific details of Grant’s injury, but confirming he will miss the rest of the season is a pretty tough pill to swallow for the entire Rutgers program.

Rutgers will look to petition for an extra year of eligibility for Grant.

But wait, there’s more injury news for Rutgers. Ash also announced defensive end Quanzell Lambert will be out for the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury.

Rutgers loses star WR Janarion Grant to serious-looking injury

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24:  Janarion Grant #1 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights is carted off the field after getting injured against the Iowa Hawkeyes at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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At first blush, it doesn’t look good at all for one of the most explosive and productive players in the Big Ten.

Late in the first half of the Iowa game, Rutgers’ Janarion Grant took a short screen pass and turned it into a spectacular 76-yard play.  At the end of the catch-and-run, however, Grant sustained what looked to be a serious injury to his right leg.

He could put no wait on the injured limb, and will not return to the game.  The extent and nature of the injury likely won’t be known until after the game, although, again, it doesn’t look good.

Grant currently leads the Scarlet Knights with 15 receptions, and is second on the team with 143 yards rushing. His 562 all-purpose yards were tops in the Big Ten entering Week 4 play.

As for the game itself, the Hawkeyes and Scarlet Knights are tied at 7-all with just under 12 minutes remaining

Chris Ash pulls trigger on first Rutgers dismissal

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  The Rutgers Scarlet Knights mascot performs during the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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During the first nine months of Chris Ash‘s tenure as Rutgers head coach, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator hadn’t been forced to pull the trigger on dismissing a player. Thursday, the first-time head coach squeezed and pulled.

Dontae Owens, RU announced, has been dismissed from Ash’s football program. No reason was given for the forced separation.

NJ.com writes that, “[l]ike most anywhere, all Rutgers football players are held to a code of conduct that applies to team and student-athlete rules.”

Owens was a three-star member of the Scarlet Knights’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 31 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania. He played in two games late in his true freshman season, mainly on special teams.

This offseason and on into summer camp, the wide receiver couldn’t dent the two-deep depth chart.

After leaving Navy, 2016 signee ‘getting looks from Nebraska,’ would like one from Rutgers

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: Two Navy ram mascots stand on the sideline during a game against the Army Black Knights on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Service academy life is not for every college football player, as Sean Samuels found out recently.

Coming out of high school in New Jersey, Samuels was a member of Navy’s 2016 recruiting class.  His stay in Annapolis turned into a bief one, however, as the running back confirmed to NJ.com that he has been granted permission to leave the academy and transfer elsewhere.

Simply put, Samuels wanted more football and less military in his life, triggering his decision.

“It just wasn’t for me. When I know something, I know it. And I felt I needed to choose a different route,” Samuels told the website. “I went through boot camp, I went through the hard parts. But when it came down to it, I just wasn’t happy there. …

“When you’re there, you are really doing military stuff and not really focused on football as much as I though we would. And I just wanted to focus on football.”

According to Samuels, he’s already “getting looks from Nebraska and Old Dominion,” although he’s gotten a scholarship offer from neither.  He’s also hoping to talk to Rutgers, which appears to be his top choice for a transfer destination.

Regardless of where he ultimately lands, Samuels doesn’t expect to be added to a roster until January.