Stephenson Talks Injury, Brother's Progress

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – August has not been a happy month for the Stephenson family. With Delon Stephenson headed to Fork Union Military Academy for prep school and Daryl Stephenson out for the year with a broken foot, both are remaining positive and will continue to fight for the day where they return to the field together.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – One brother out for the season and the other relocating to military school, the Stephenson family is not giving up on its dream — standing on the High Point Solutions Stadium turf as starters.

Coach Kyle Flood announced that freshman Delon Stephenson would not be with Rutgers this semester because he did not qualify academically. He will, instead, attend prep school at Fork Union Military Academy, which is the same school that got Tejay Johnson and Kenneth Kirksey to Rutgers.

"Delon is staying positive right now," Daryl Stephenson said. "He just told me the other day, ‘alright I'll just do what I can do.'

"…I just told him to go to the military school and do what he has to do. We need him to come up here and help us this spring."

The Stephenson brothers decided to attend Rutgers for the opportunity to play together and stay close to home. Despite setbacks for both, there is no question that it is still the plan to take the field together.

"It's going to mean a lot because my mom is going to get to watch both of us play at the same time," Daryl Stephenson said. "We want to do it for her because she wants us to.

"…We still want to play together. We're still teammates at Rutgers and working hard."

Flood, who signed Delon Stephenson as a part of his first recruiting class, announced yesterday that Daryl Stephenson's broken foot leaves him out for the season. A redshirt freshman, Daryl Stephenson will have three years of eligibility remaining when he heals up and returns to the field in 2013.

"I'm feeling all right," Daryl Stephenson said. "It's pretty frustrating because I just came back from another injury and I got another one now."

According to defensive line coach Jim Panagos at yesterday's media day, Stephenson was one of the young linemen showing the most progress and his loss hurts.

On crutches and wearing a boot, Stephenson will have season-ending surgery later this month, he said.

"I have to get surgery and then I have to go get rehab," Stephenson said. "I'm going to do it."

Daryl Stephenson saw the field briefly as a true freshman before a shoulder injury and was impressive early in training camp. Stephenson was not on the two-deep, but very much in the mix for playing time because of his strong start and improvements made during the summer conditioning program.

"I think things were going well," he said. "I was getting back from the last injury and I was getting on a roll, like with everything else."

With Daryl Stephenson out, look for redshirt freshmen Al Page and Marquise Wright to see even more work in the rotation behind starters Scott Vallone and Isaac Holmes.


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