"I had surgery in December 2004 after the season ended," stated Tucker.
"I really missed everything last year and I wasn't able to travel with the team. I basically had to watch the games either here at the Hale Center or at home."
Certainly, after going into the season with such high expectations, the necessity of the situation forced Tucker away from his teammates, and turned his focus elsewhere.
"I've been rehabbing ever since," Tucker said. "I was able to play spring ball this year and right now for the summer, I'm back to 100%."
A 100% Shawn Tucker adds to an already potent WR corps that includes veteran leadership in the likes of Tres Moses, Marcus Daniels and Willie Foster. To that group you add one more year of experience for 6-foot-5 Chris Baker and what you have is a quarterback's delight as he looks downfield.
As a true sophomore, Tucker played in all 12 games and led the team with 726 receiving yards on 50 catches, including a 65-yard score versus Michigan State. One of Tucker's more impressive performances of that season was his effort versus Pittsburgh, resulting in 186 receiving yards on the day, good enough for the fourth best single-game effort in Rutgers history.
After a successful introduction to college football and an impressive campaign as a sophomore, Tucker enters his third year of eligibility with high hopes for this upcoming season.
"I'm ready to go out and play. I can't wait for the season to start," stated Tucker.
"We'll just try to go out there and play to our capabilities. We know how well we can play and we just have to go out there and perform."