There was good news and not-so-good news on the mid-afternoon star front today.
Brad Kaaya sustained a concussion in the worst loss in Miami history two weeks ago and didn’t play in Week 9’s wild win over Duke. Ahead of Saturday’s game against Virginia, the quarterback was officially listed as questionable on the injury report.
However, The U confirmed Saturday that Kaaya has been medically cleared to play in today’s game. The sophomore is expected to start at quarterback for the Hurricanes against the Cavaliers.
At the other end of the spectrum is Leonte Carroo, who has been ruled out of Rutgers’ game against Michigan in the Big House.
Carroo sustained an ankle injury in the Oct. 17 win over Indiana and, after playing against Ohio State the following week, missed the loss to Wisconsin this past weekend. The wide receive currently leads the Scarlet Knights with 527 receiving yards and has nine of the team’s 14 receiving touchdowns. His 24 catches are second on the team despite missing three full games and being severely limited in another.
After Leonte Carroo played in a game last weekend when perhaps he shouldn’t have, the star wide receiver will apparently be resting the injury this weekend.
While there was nothing official from the school at that point, nj.com reported that Carroo will be sidelined for Rutgers’ game this afternoon against Wisconsin. According to a person familiar with the injury, Carroo didn’t practice at all this week. The school subsequently confirmed that Carroo will indeed miss the Week 9 game.
Carroo sustained an ankle injury in the Oct. 17 win over Indiana.
Carroo currently leads the Scarlet Knights with 24 receptions for 527 yards. He’s caught nine of the team’s 13 touchdown passes.
With Carroo out, Carlton Agudosi will get the start at one of the receiver positions. Agudosi is third on the team with 256 receiving yards, and is fourth with 14 receptions. His 18.3 yards per reception is second to Carroo’s 22.
About the only chance Rutgers has of upsetting top-ranked Ohio State is if Leonte Carroo is healthy enough to see the field. Whether that happens remains to be seen.
Earlier in the week, the star wide receiver was listed as questionable because of a sprained ankle he suffered in RU’s win over Indiana. Since then, Carroo’s ankle has gotten progressively better as he’s participated in some aspects of the Scarlet Knights’ practices.
“Leonte was out here today,” head coach Kyle Flood said after practice on Thursday. “He did some stuff. He did more than yesterday and he’s moving in the right direction.”
Flood added that Carroo is “probably going to be a game-time decision” for Saturday’s home game against the Buckeyes.
Despite missing two games because of an off-field incident, Carroo leads the team in receptions with 21, receiving yards with 472, and receiving touchdowns with nine.
Carroo’s caught three touchdown passes in three of the four games in which he’s played this season, including the last two coming off the suspension. He’s tied for fourth in the country in touchdown catches, and is one of two, the other being Baylor’s Corey Coleman (2.7), who’s averaging more than two per game (2.25).
If Rutgers is going to pull a major stunner in the Big Ten this weekend, it will almost have to be at full strength. That could be a problem for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo is one of a handful of players that are reportedly questionable for this week’s matchup with No. 1 Ohio State in Piscataway. Carroo hurt his right ankle while scoring a touchdown in this past weekend’s wild 55-52 victory over Indiana. Per NJ.com, Carroo was seen walking around in a boot after the game, which is always cause for concern. Rutgers’ top player did say he will be playing this week against Ohio State, but will he be able to go at full speed?
Since joining the Big Ten Rutgers has been much more competitive at home than on the road. Last season the Scarlet Knights were ambushed on the road by Michigan State and Ohio State. Rutgers recently gave Michigan State a real scare, with the Spartans needing a late field goal to get out with a win in regulation. It should be expected Rutgers gives Ohio State a better contest this weekend compared to last week, especially if Ohio State continues to have ups and downs within a single game. Rutgers having a healthy Carroo could be a nice push for the upset bid, but Ohio State should still have more than enough weapons on offense to get out of New Jersey with a win.
Other Rutgers players reported to be questionable are cornerback Blessuan Austin and safety Davon Jacobs.
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).