Rutgers DLs Hamilton, Turay Out with Injuries

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The newly released Rutgers injury report includes two projected starters on its defensive line. Senior defensive tackle Darius Hamilton and sophomore defensive end Kemoko Turay are both out entering week two of training camp.

Rutgers took the field for Monday’s scrimmage with two significant absences from its defensive line – starters Darius Hamilton and Kemoko Turay.

Hamilton, a senior team captain, remains out with a lower body injury. Hamilton did not practice in front of fans Saturday, and missed the end of spring camp. He told Scarlet Report during media day that he hopes to be back for the season opener.

Turay is the Scarlet Knights’ sack specialist heading into his third season. Turay missed Monday’s scrimmage with an upper body injury and the quarterbacks both threw well without the sack threat of Turay.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood named Hamilton his 2014 defensive MVP after 45 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and six sacks as a junior. Turay exploded onto the scene with 7.5 sacks and two blocked kicks in a limited third-down role.

Both are projected starters in 2015.

Sophomore Myles Nash and junior Julian Pinnix-Odrick stepped up as replacements for Turay and Hamilton in Monday’s scrimmage. The defensive line held running backs to 1.3 yards per carry.

Flood does not discuss injuries per his policy, but instead releases a weekly injury report. The full report for this week, released before Monday’s scrimmage, is below

Turay, left tackle Zack Heeman, cornerback Nadir Barnwell, receiver Jawuan Harris, guard Chris Muller and receiver John Tsimis are new to the list after the first week of camp.

Injuries created opportunities for other players during Monday’s camp. Nash and red-shirt freshman guard Tariq Cole reaped the benefits with big roles.

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