Freshman Dare Already Leading at Rutgers

CHICAGO -- Quarterback Michael Dare did not wait long before he made himself heard. The incoming Rutgers freshman took his summer role seriously, and impressed senior receiver Leonte Carroo with the ability to rally younger players around him.

Quarterback is the ultimate leadership position, so the early actions of Rutgers freshman Michael Dare should be a good sign.

Dare enrolled in June, and immediately carried himself like a leader, said teammate Leonte Carroo.

“What I like about Mike Dare is it didn’t take for him to get there for him to not already start being a leader,” Carroo said. “He got his young group of wide receivers out there and started throwing with them when he had time. I like that. A guy comes in and he’s not going to allow the summer to stop him from throwing and learning as well.”

Dare likely begins training camp as the fourth-string quarterback. A red-shirt candidate, the former Elmwood Park (N.J.) star wants to compete.

“I’m approaching it like I’m not an underdog, like I’m not a freshman,” Dare said prior to his enrollment. “I’m going to act like I’ve been there before. I’m not going to step down to anyone. I’m not going to let someone else dictate where I stand. I’m going to work hard for everything.”

Dare won his Rutgers offer as a sophomore camper, and became the first New Jersey commitment to Kyle Flood’s 2015 class.

Dare reports for his first training camp Sunday, already bulked up to 225 pounds, and goes through his first official practice Monday afternoon.


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