Rutgers Off-Season Roster Changes

The Rutgers football team made a series of roster changes official this evening including the additions of players at two key positions and three departures from the team. ScarletReport.com takes a look at the additions and subtractions to the roster with spring practice two months away.

Offensive lineman R.J. Dill and place kicker Kyle Federico enrolled for classes this semester with Rutgers and the school officially announced the additions of both to the football team tonight in a statement.

Dill, who received his undergraduate degree at Maryland after four years, will conclude his college career at Rutgers with one year to play one season. The 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle started 33 times over three years for the Terrapins and projects as a right tackle for Rutgers this spring.

"I think spring practice is two-fold for me," Dill said prior to his enrollment. "One, I have to earn a spot. I'm not walking into a situation where it's just handed to me. It's not a situation that Rutgers is about. It's not a situation that R.J. Dill is about. I'm going to go in there ready to learn the terminology and the offense, not only that, but the chance to compete and earn a spot."

Federico verbally committed to Rutgers during the summer after performing well at a specialists camp. The Ponte Vedra (Fla.) product graduated early to enroll for the spring at Rutgers.

With San San Te gone as kicker, Federico will get every chance to win the job this spring. Like punt Anthony DiPaula, Federico has the extra semester before his freshman season to mentally prepare himself.

"I feel like this is going to help me, I think a lot," Federico said before enrollment. "I feel like it will be hard for me when I first get there. But I'll pick things up right away. Then when all the other recruits are coming in, I'm going to be the one that already knows what he's doing and seeing the difference of how that helped me mature, having a couple months extra of working out and being with the team."

In other news, Rutgers removed defensive back Darrell Givens, long-snapper Rob Horrell and defensive end Shane Meisner from the roster.

Givens, a former Penn State signee and four-star recruit, announced earlier this month his intentions to transfer to Towson via his twitter. Givens never made the two-deep during his three years in the program after moving from cornerback to free safety.

Horrell walked on from California to compete for the long-snapper job, but lost a competition with Robert Jones.

Meisner briefly spent time on the two-deep this spring as a walk-on, but other overtook him by the end of training camp.


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