Shimko, Hayward, Solice Not Playing in 2011

Quarterback Steve Shimko and running back Aaron Hayward are taking medical retirements but will remain involved with the football team, and tight end Junior Solice is transferring. Rutgers also announced that the NCAA officially granted FB/LB Edmond Laryea a sixth year of eligibility.

Rutgers' returning players report for the start of training camp next Thursday, but today official word was released of three players who will not be on the roster.

Quarterback Steve Shimko and running back Aaron Hayward are taking medical retirements but will remain with the program as student coaches. Tight end Junior Solice is transferring, but his destination is yet to be decided.

None of the three players will count against the NCAA limit of 85 scholarship players, meaning the Scarlet Knights will check in under the number for the start of training camp.

Hayward, a red-shirt sophomore, was highly touted coming out of Penns Grove High (Carney's Point, N.J.) but struggled in a move from running back to receiver. He moved to running back in the spring, but was plagued by a sore knee, which is why he is taking the medical retirement.

Shimko's decision to end his playing career stems from a shoulder injury. The red-shirt junior underwent surgery last season and although he participated in spring practice, did not factor into the quarterback picture.

Meanwhile, Solice decided to transfer after a move from defensive end to tight end in the spring didn't create a chance for more playing time. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Solice, a red-shirt sophomore who played at Hackensack (N.J.0 High, wasn't projected to play on offense.

All three players were projected to be scout team players in 2011.

Edmond Laryea received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after multiple injuries during his first five years with the program. He will return as a Scarlet Knight next week for training camp.


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