Will Rutgers S Najee Clayton Debut Saturday?

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers has obvious depth concerns in the secondary, and could turn to freshman Najee Clayton for reps at safety after he dressed week one in the 63-13 victory over Norfolk State. Clayton arrived during the final week of training camp after the academic clearing house slowed down his enrollment.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood played five freshman defensive backs in the win over Norfolk State, and could turn to a sixth and seventh against Washington State's heavy passing attack.

Red-shirt freshman Kiy Hester will play if cleared medically, but fellow North Jersey standout Najee Clayton could play as well. Clayton, from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic dressed for the first game but did not see the field.

"It pushes everybody up," Flood said. "It's a next man up mentality.Whoever goes in the game has got to play like a starter. He's somebody that we're investing time in right now. I think the sample size is probably too small, but we've noticed right away that he's a talented football player."

Clayton enrolled late after he needed summer courses to become academically eligible. He joined the roster during the final days of traning camp.

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