Agudosi Ready and Waiting

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Top receiving target Leonte Carroo checks in as probable for Friday after an upper body injury suffered during bowl preparations. Classmate Carlton Agudosi spent all season as Carroo’s backup at the X, and the 6-foot-6 sophomore will be ready to go.

Carlton Agudosi has all of five catches and 32 yard to his name as a sophomore, but also has two years of experience as Leonte Carroo’s primary backup.

Both situations could change Friday after Kyle Flood’s Tuesday injury report.

Carroo, after an injury during bowl preparations, is probable for the Quick Lane Bowl with an upper body injury. Agudosi said he is ready for whatever happens next. Carroo projects to play, but that does not make him 100 percent.

Via Rutgers policy, all injury updates must come through Flood, who did not go into specifics when questioned last week.

“I’m a 10 out of 10 with my focus level out here,” said the 6-foot-6 sophomore from Somerset (N.J.) Franklin High. “I’m 10 times better than high school. I’ve learned a lot this year behind Leonte. We have some different coaches working with us, teaching us stuff. It’s definitely been an experience seeing everything from the sidelines. It’s time to go out and do it.”

Agudosi is aware of Carroo’s NFL draft situation as well as the injury report. Should Carroo declare for the draft after the Quicklane Bowl, Agudosi enters spring practice as the starter in his stead.

“You never know when your chance is going to come, so you can’t be frustrated with it,” Agudosi said. “I’ll stay focused and prepare every game just in case. Every week I’m working to get a bigger role.”

Sophomores Andre Patton and Janarion Grant emerged against Maryland as legitimate threats. The pair combined for 418 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against the Terps.

Rutgers also returns fifth-year senior Andrew Turzilli, who suffered an apparent hamstring injury against Indiana.

“Guys are stepping up and we’re going to need those two guys (Grant and Patton) to have productive days on offense,” said senior quarterback Gary Nova. “… You can never have enough weapons on the field. To have another guy that stretches the field with [Turzilli]’s speed, experience, his knowledge of the game will help. To have him back would be great.”


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