Monday Rutgers Report: Battling Injuries, Five Starters Questionable

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Five Rutgers starters check in as questionable as the Scarlet Knights prepare for their nationally televised battle with No. 1 Ohio State. After the epic 55-52 comeback win over Indiana, coach Kyle Flood discussed the latest with his personnel and Buckeye game prep.

The Headline – Rutgers coach Kyle Flood released his weekly injury report Monday, and it’s a rough week to face the nation’s No. 1 team.

Not only does star receiver Leonte Carroo officially check in as “questionable” after he ended Saturday’s game in a walking boot but four other starters do as well.

Middle linebacker Kaiwan Lewis, cornerback Blessuan Austin, safety Davon Jacobs and receiver Janarion Grant all check in as questionable after the physical clash with Indiana and a 55-52 victory.

“It was definitely a physical game,” said red-shirt freshman cornerback Isaiah Wharton. “We just tried to stay focused mentally and play through it because you have to stay in it when someone gets hurt.”

Middle linebacker Isaiah Johnson and cornerback Jarius Adams, both newcomers in 2015, would be in line for their first career starts if players ahead of them remain injured.

“Isaiah has done an excellent job of contributing on special teams,” Flood said. “He’s one of the best kickoff coverage guys we have on the team. Those are important snaps every time. He’s doing a good job in practice and if we need him to, we have a lot of confidence. We’ve invested a lot in him since he got here through spring practice in the preseason.”

Worth Noting – Walk-on Brian Verbitski and true freshmnan Ronnie James get bigger roles this week in practice because of the injury to Austin.

Quote of the Day – “It’s another great sign of what life will be like in the Big Ten. Every week in the Big Ten you’re going to play against really high quality football games and when Big Ten teams get together on Saturday, national TV wants to be a part of it.” – Flood on national exposure.

Around the Big Ten – Ohio State dominated Penn State 38-10 on Saturday to remain the top team in the country. For more on the story, click here.

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