The sit and wait part of Carlton Agudosi's career is over at Rutgers. After three-and-a-half years of development and second-team work, Agudosi took his first step into the spotlight when he scored last week in front of a Rutgers homecoming crowd.
Agudosi sat behind receivers like Brandon Coleman and Leonte Carroo since he signed with the Scarlet Knights in 2012. He caught his first career touchdown pass in a victory over Kansas. It came one week after a career-high in receiving yards against Penn State.
“It felt really good,” Agudosi said. “It was my first one and it was a long time coming, so it felt good.”
Agudosi described his first-career touchdown, a comeback jump ball in the south end zone, as improvised by quarterback Chris Laviano.
“That wasn’t the play call, but [Laviano] saw the coverage decided to give me a chance to go get it, so it was a good play call on his part,” Agudosi said. “ … I definitely feel like if they put it up [in the red zone], I could help the team out and go get it, but if I’m presented with an opportunity anywhere, I can do it.”
Agudosi has nine catches for 108 yards, which makes him the third most productive receiver. All-time touchdown leader Leonte Carroo remains suspended indefinitely, and Agudosi sits as the starting X receiver in his place.
“I still have high expectations for myself,” Agudosi said. “Him not being here obviously hurts us as a team, but as far as expectations, I expect to go out there and play well whether he is here or not.”
Agudosi credits new receivers coach Anthony Campanile with help in his step forward as a starter.
“Coach Campy, he’s probably one of the best coaches I ever had in my life,” Agudosi said. “He makes you really want to go out there and compete. He really cares about you, so you know that everything he’s saying, he genuinely wants you to be better. As far as his approach to the game and teaching ability, he’s definitely one of the best coaches on the staff, if not one of the best.”