Rutgers LB Liston Makes First Career Start

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Sophomore L.J. Liston grew up in Flint, Mich. and circled the upcoming Michigan game on his calendar long ago. Liston could start against the Wolverines with Kevin Snyder nursing an injury for Rutgers. He started for the first time in his career Saturday in a 31-6 victory over Tulane.

Michigan did not recruit three-star linebacker L.J. Liston out of high school, and that serves as motivation for the Rutgers sophomore heading into a clash with his hometown team.

Liston knows more than a dozen players on the Michigan roster from his childhood and high school career. Starting for the first time since prep school today against Tulane, energy is at an all-time high for the middle linebacker.

"That's a lot of motivation," Liston said. "You all don't understand how fueled up I am for this game. I'm playing against all of my friends in high school from 7-on-7, from everything. Playing against those guys again is going to feel really good."

Liston attended high school with Michigan running back Justice Hayes, who ran for 10 yards in the 30-14 loss Saturday to Minnesota.

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