Rutgers S Aiken Looks to Avoid 2010 Repeat

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Senior Johnathan Aiken sat on the 50-yard line on an official visit as he watched Rutgers crumble 17-14 on Homecoming to Tulane. Four years later, Aiken is one of the few healthy defensive backs set for kickoff against the Green Wave. He discussed memories from 2010 and the new faces getting opportunities in the defensive secondary after practice.

It was all down hill for Rutgers after Mohamed Sanu broke a 91-yard touchdown run on the opening drive against Tulane in 2010. Then high-school recruit Johnathan Aiken remembers watching the Sanu run, but also remembers the feeling in the locker room after a 17-14 loss and injury to starting quarterback Tom Savage.

Now a senior that projects to start at safety, Aiken wants to avoid a similar upset as major favorites over the Green Wave. Rutgers has four key defensive backs on its injury report, but that is not a concern for Aiken, who discussed the next wave of players getting opportunities.


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