Turzilli Finishing College Career at Home

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Wide receiver Andrew Turzilli’s career at Rutgers is both in its infancy and approaching a conclusion. After joining the program in June as a graduate transfer from Kansas, Turzilli and family take part in Saturday’s senior day festivities in the final home game of 2014.

Rutgers has a line of success stories when it comes to graduate transfers, and the latest receives senior day honors Saturday before kickoff against Indiana.

Kansas wide receiver transfer Andrew Turzilli joined the Rutgers locker room for summer workouts, and exceeded expectations in his first and only season.

Turzilli’s 93-yard reception against Tulane is the longest in High Point Solutions Stadium history. He is one win away from his first bowl appearance after just nine wins in four years at Kansas.

“I don’t really have any regrets,” Turzilli said in preparing for his final home game. “I’m just excited to finish strong. I’m happy to be home, my family will get to see me. If I was in Kansas, I don’t know if that would be the case. I’m just excited to have my family there on senior day and just finish the season strong, hopefully get to a bowl game.”

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver sits as the second best option in the passing game behind star Leonte Carroo.

Turzilli brought deep-play potential during the first half of the season. With just eight catches, Turzilli is second at Rutgers in receiving with 305 yards and three touchdowns.

“You really have to lock in,” Turzilli said. “You can’t take a day off of practice. You certainly can’t take a day off in a game because you can get beaten by anybody. Big Ten, Big 12 every team can play. You really just have to lock in, really focus on the details.”

Turzilli followed in the footsteps of three other fifth-year graduates at Rutgers in offensive lineman R.J. Dill, cornerback Lew Toler and punter Nick Marsh. All three found money in professional football after playing at Rutgers.

“I’ve enjoyed it a lot, honestly. What makes it a lot better is having a coach like coach [Kyle] Flood. He’s a lot different than what I’m used to. Having the teammates that I have, they’re all selfless. They’re all about winning games and just about each other. They genuinely care about each other.

“…I’ve really enjoyed my coaching – coach Flood. I really like how he runs his program. Rutgers is a place where everybody wants to win and everybody cares about each other. I’ve been really impressed with the whole staff, honestly. Everything they do is for their players and getting the players better.”

Rutgers found starters at the graduate transfer level in every year since Flood took over the program. Turzilli expects that to continue, and said he vouches for the opportunities at Rutgers as a transfer student.

“I certainly would recommend Rutgers because of the coaches we have here,” Turzilli said. “It’s a great situation, even if you’re transferring like I did. I love to play for coach Flood. Guys don’t understand that there aren’t a lot of coaches like him.”

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