If Leonte Carroo has only one game left in a Rutgers uniform, injuries have no power in holding him out of action. Carroo, who suffered a high-ankle sprin in October and injured his hip against Army, has every intention of playin Saturday against Maryland.
Saturday represents Senior Day for Rutgers, a shot at a fifth win and the outside hope for a bowl berth in 2015.
"I’m definitely playing Saturday,” he said. “It’s not even a thought. [Recovery] is what after the season is for. I can take care of my body and rest up before I decide to go train for the NFL. It’s my last game here at High Point. I have to send the right message and go out the right way.”
Carroo is already alongside names like Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Britt and Tim Brown in Rutgers history. Already the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions, he one short of a tie with Brandon Coleman and tight end Marco Battaglia for the single-season record.
"It’s very special, especially being that I grew up watching those guys,” Carroo said on other Rutgers greats. “I learned a lot from those guys. Those guys still contact me and give me advice. I’m honored to be in the same category with those guys. I’m happy that my hard work paid off where I can be talked about with those guys."
Carroo added that Sanu is his favorite, and the two remain close.
Carroo said he is also close with head coach Kyle Flood, and he spoke in support of the staff during his senior day interviews.
"They're definitely the right people for this program, 100 percent, especially a guy like coach Flood who was one of the first coaches to recruit me," Flood said. "He's definitely a guy that this program needs. I know that the players relate to him very well. For however many years that might be after this, this program definitely needs a guy like coach Flood and this coaching staff."