Instant Analysis: Rutgers Roster News

There were three Rutgers roster notes that hit the public airwaves Friday, and Scarlet Report is here with some instant analysis on what they mean for spring practice in Piscataway.

Three Rutgers roster notes Friday change the spring outlook on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Scarlet Knights.


Fullback -- Rutgers announced that Sam Bergen from East Stroudsburg (Pa.) will be back for a sixth year in the program. Bergen applied for and received a sixth year after he missed multiple seasons with injuries.

Bergen’s return makes him the projected replacement for Michael Burton, and slows down the need to get Jacob Kraut and Kevin Marquez ready for action.


Wide receiver -- Ruhann Peele is back for Rutgers after injury and suspension kept him out of action since training camp. Rutgers returns Leonte Carroo, but needs more play-making options for whomever wins the quarterback job in 2015.

Peele caught 28 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown in 2013, while he split time at cornerback. Carroo and Andre Patton project as starters, but there are plenty of passes to go around for Rutgers.


Cornerback -- Cornerback Kam Lott will transfer after one season at Rutgers, but there is no depth issue with Blessuan Austin’s addition for spring camp. This is the second program departure from Kyle Flood’s 2014 recruiting class, and fourth not on the active roster.

When looking at the cornerback position, do not rule out a Peele return to the defensive secondary. Peele was a physically-imposing option as an emergency cornerback in Flood’s co-Big East Champion season.


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