Rutgers will, yet again, be without team captain Leonte Carroo because of an off-the-field transgression. And this time it won’t be against an FCS opponent.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood suspended Carroo indefinitely following what he described as an incident after last night’s loss to Washington State.
The incident is under investigation, Flood said, and said he will not comment further until its conclusion.
“This is an investigation that I take very seriously, that our program takes very seriously and when it concludes, I’ll have further comment,” Flood said.
Flood said he does not feel that things are out of control off the field, and will address the incident tomorrow at a team meeting.
“When we have a team meeting tomorrow, I will certainly have a message for them,” Flood said. “At all times, every player in this program is going to be accountable for their actions.”
Carroo also sat out the first half of Norfolk State after a curfew violation in training camp.
“I know I’m a guy that will put this past me and never make this mistake again,” Carroo said after his suspension in training camp. “From now, I’ll have better decisions in my life and continue to do good and show my teammates and the university that I still do have those good traits and those good characteristics.”
Junior Carlton Agudosi, who did not play in the loss to Washington State, is the backup X receiver and projected starter against the Nittany Lions. Because of Carroo’s second suspension, Rutgers loses its all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with 181 yards and three scores through the first two weeks.
“Carlton Agudosi moves up,” Flood said. “Carlton is somebody who had a great spring, who had a productive training camp and somebody I’ve got confidence in and he’ll certainly get more reps in practice as a result of this.”