After a quick wardrobe change following the conclusion of his first practice back at Rurtgers, receiver Leonte Carroo ended more than three weeks of silence following his arrest for simple assault and the subsequent dropping of all charges against him.
Carroo took questions on his suspension and first practice back, and respectfully declined to discuss both the details of the incident and the terms of his reinstatement.
"This was a very serious matter, and I don't take any of this for granted," Carroo said. "I'm just blessed to be back out here. After speaking with my family and friends and teammates, I understand this is a blessing and I am very lucky and fortunate. Like I said, this was a very unfortunate event, so for me to be back out here practicing today and being able to play in an eight-game stretch, I'm very excited about."
Carroo will be full-go against Michgian State Saturday after coach Kyle Flood reinstated him, but the decision to start Carroo or junior receiver Carlton Agudosi has not yet been made.
"What made me the most happy is the comfort from my teammates," Carroo said. "As soon as I got back in the locker room, they were going crazy. They were happy, showing me nothing but support on the field today, making sure I lined up correctly and little thigns like that. It was a blessing to be back out here and to be back out here with them."
The terms of Carroo's suspension kept him away from two games and more than three weeks worth of practices. He shook of some rust Thursday, and kept himself as involved as possible with personal workouts and plenty of film.
"I just worked out with my friends and made sure to stay in shape," Carroo said. "...I have my iPad with me at home, so I was able to go on my iPad any time I want and turn on the game and make sure, mentally, I stayed up to par with the team."