Thursday Practice Report Positive Injury News

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers coach Chris Ash delivered some positive injury updates for the Scarlet Knights in the final build to kickoff at No. 2 Ohio State.

The Headline – As much as injuries took the spotlight for negative reasons this week, Rutgers has key players back for Ohio State and more flexibility because of it.

Rutgers coach Chris Ash deemed Darius Hamilton “fine” Thursday after the team captain spent early parts of the week in a walking boot.

“Darius is fine, there are no issues with Darius,” Ash said. “... It's no different than any game. We have to play well on the d-line to have a chance to win games. I've said that every game so far this season. I said it last week against a good Iowa team. I'll say it this Saturday against Ohio State. We'll say it next Saturday and the Saturday after. Our d-line has to play well for us to have a chance to win football games.”

Rutgers also has graduate transfer Ross Douglas back in action this week, where he can work at both cornerback and safety. The move allows a healing Dacoven Bailey (thumb) to be back on offense.

“We got Ross Douglas back and Dacoven got a new cast on his hand, so it allowed him to go over and play receiver but that's what he's been practicing since he's been here,” Ash said.

Ash named Jawuan Harris, Josh Hicks and John Tsimis as the top return options in place of the injured Janarion Grant. Walk-on Darnell Davis Jr. starts for Quanzell Lambert.

Worth Noting – True freshman Tylin Oden put forward a solid week of practice at quarterback, Ash said. Oden took first-team reps alongside Chris Laviano during the open portions of Tuesday's practice.

He looked like Tylin Oden has in all weeks,” Ash said. “He just continues to try to get better and improve on the things he needs to improve on. He had a good week of preparation and we'll see how he continues tomorrow and see what his opportunities are to play on Saturday.”

Quote of the Day – “We've just got to know where he's at. It's hard to prepare for a guy like that. Curtis Samuel is one of the more talented players in the country. Watching him every day at practice, watching him on the game film in the first three games, he's impressive. He's one of the more dynamic players I've seen in college football. They use him in a lot of different ways and we just have to be aware of where he's at in different sets.”

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