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.
Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo could have a charge of simple assault dropped by a New Jersey court today. The woman he is accused of slamming to the concrete has agreed to drop the restraining order request and has asked the assault charge against the Rutgers receiver be dropped as well. NJ.com reports today the woman and Carroo each appeared in a family court on Tuesday, and the woman told the judge she is not scared of Carroo.
So, what does this mean for football? Simply put, it means Carroo may be eligible to play again as soon as this weekend. That would be good timing, as Rutgers is set to host Michigan State this Saturday night.
Carroo has been sitting out while serving an indefinite suspension while this legal process plays out. Carroo has missed each of the last two games for Rutgers, against Penn State and Kansas. Rutgers was off this past weekend. If this legal process does play out as it is expected at this point, Carroo could be reinstated quickly and promptly, making him eligible to return right away. Carroo is one fo the best players on the roster, so having him back and eligible to play is very good news for the Scarlet Knights offense.
The ugly incident that led to the suspension of Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo appears to be getting uglier. MyCentralJersey.com reports today Carroo’s mother and girlfriend have been charged by Rutgers police for their alleged involvement in the incident outside Rutgers’ football stadium earlier this month that led to Carroo’s suspension.
Per the report, Lavern Carroo (mother), Maria Vega (girlfriend) and Juan Vega were each charged by the Rutgers University Police Department for simple assault and disorderly conduct. Carroo was previously charged for simple assault. The Rutgers football player was also suspended by head coach Kyle Flood, who of course has also been suspended for a different incident. Carroo reportedly intervened in a confrontation between Maria Vega and another woman Carroo was previously involved with. The name of that woman has not been reported, but is the alleged victim in the incident that claims she was slammed to the concrete ground by Carroo.
The investigation is still ongoing at this time. Carroo remains suspended from the Rutgers program.
Rutgers is entering its third game of the season and wide receiver Leonte Carroo is already serving his second suspension of the year. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood announced Sunday Carroo has been suspended from the program as a result of an incident that occurred outside the stadium Saturday night following a home loss to Washington State.
Flood refused to comment about further details of this situation, but said the suspension is indefinite while an investigation is ongoing. Carroo was suspended for the first half of the season opener for Rutgers as well. Carroo has seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns this season. Last season Carroo was second in the Big Ten with 1,086 receiving yards and third with 10 touchdowns.
Carroo is the best offensive player Rutgers had on the roster, and his loss could not have come at a worst time. Rutgers opens Big Ten play on the road this weekend at Penn State. This has been a rough start to the season for Rutgers. The program has already given the boot to six players while Flood continues to be investigated for his interaction with a player’s professor.
By default we already know who the starting quarterback will be for Rutgers in the season opener against Norfolk State. Hayden Rettig has already been reported to be the starting quarterback for the Scarlet Knights in the first game of the season while Chris Laviano sits out the first half of the game. Laviano was suspended by the program for a violation of team rules in late August, but he — along with wide receiver Leonte Carroo — will be eligible to return to the game in the second half.
This is when Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is expected to announce his quarterback decision for the 2015 season.
“Hayden Rettig is the starting quarterback,” Flood said, according to NJ.com. “We’re going to evaluate the first half and we’ll make a decision at halftime as to how we’re going to proceed.”
Rettig and Laviano had been competing for the starting job as Rutgers looks to replace Gary Nova. There had been no real separation in the competition out of the spring and over the course of the summer, and it would seem the first-half suspension has not put much jeopardy in Laviano’s chances to claim the starting job. Opening against an FCS program is always a good opportunity to play multiple quarterbacks if there is still a question to be answered at the position, and Rutgers has some time to work through the situation before entering Big Ten play.
It might be good for Flood if he can get it figured out a little bit earlier though as Washington State is scheduled to pay a visit in Week 2. The Cougars are known to move the ball through the air with Mike Leach at the helm, and Washington State is looking to avenge last season’s wild season-opening loss at home to Rutgers. Rutgers visits Penn State in Week 3 to open the Big Ten schedule.