Leonte Carroo's third touchdown catch against Indiana sparked a special comeback victory for Rutgers, but took him out of action at the same time.
Carroo suffered an injury on the touchdown, and re-injured it the next week against Ohio State. Not yet medically cleared for Michigan on Saturday, Carroo remains focused on what he can control.
“I’m just not medically cleared yet from the doctors,” Carroo said. “… It’s the same injury. Our medical staff just felt like it wasn’t best for me to be out there yet.”
Rutgers held Carroo out of the 48-10 loss to Wisconsin, and the rest helped.
“I’m getting better and better every single day. It’s just a matter of when my medical staff is ready to say I’m OK.”
Between injuries and two separate suspension problems, Carroo started three and played in only five of the first eight games this season.
“It’s been a long season for everything,” Carroo said. “It’s definitely been different. It’s not quite the senior year, as far as playing wise, that I thought was going to be the case. As far as other things, I’m trying. I became a captain. I have nine touchdowns. It has its pros and cons.”
If Carroo plays on Saturday, it will be his first on-field clash with Jabrill Peppers since the two won a state championship at MetLife Stadium for Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep.
“There’s really not much to say,” Carroo said when asked about Peppers. “We played against each other in high school. He’s a great player. I’m a great player. I’m just going to go out there and compete. That’s what I do. He’s a competitor. I’m a competitor. I’m just going to go play.”