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.
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
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.
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.
One of the biggest storylines for the Pac-12 during the offseason centered around all of the hype the Washington Huskies were receiving. Judging by the early returns in the team’s season opener, perhaps that hype was warranted.
Chris Petersen’s squad steamrolled the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights 48-13 in an outing that wasn’t particularly close in any phase of the game. The Huskies’ offense scored on their first four drives of the game to all but secure the win, the defense forced three turnovers and special teams contributed two touchdowns on returns.
In short, the game wasn’t even as close as the scored indicated.
Washington quarterback Jake Browning finished the game 18-of-27 for 287 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters of work. Star tailback Myles Gaskin didn’t quite pick up where he left off last year but added 57 yards on the ground.
Perhaps the most notable takeaway for the Huskies was the stellar return of John Ross III. The speedster missed all of last season with an injury but quickly made his presence felt with two long touchdown catches in the first quarter and added a 92 yard kick return before halftime for good measure. He finished with 182 all-purpose yards and three total scores.
The contest was not the outcome Chris Ash was hoping for in his debut as head coach for the Scarlet Knights. The bulk of Rutgers’ 304 yards of offense came against backups and the defense gave up 6.4 yards per play in a lackluster effort. Special teams added to the misery of the cross-country jaunt by allowing both a punt and kick return for a touchdown.
Remarkably each team converted just 25 percent of their third down conversions, but that is in part due to the fact that Washington scored so quickly with big plays that Rutgers simply had no answer for.
There was a lot of talk about how undeserving the Huskies were f their top 15 rankings but if Saturday was any indication, the team might just be one to watch this season in a loaded Pac-12 conference.
Rutgers, on the other hand, certainly isn’t must-watch television — even if you’re an alum.