Vallone Will Redshirt

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – He joined the program by way of St. Anthony's on Long Island. A three-year starter, defensive tackle Scott Vallone joined the Rutgers football program with hopes of earning more tackles and sacks.

However, Vallone's freshman season has been terminated early due to lingering ankle problems.

"Vallone tried to get it going, but he can't push on that ankle," Rutgers football head coach told reporters after Thursday's windy practice. "We tried to get him to see if he could do it, but it's not happening, so we're shutting him down."

After debuting against former D-I AA foe Morgan State in week four, Vallone also saw limited action at West Virginia. However, Schiano and his medical staff noticed the true freshman's constant limping and acted accordingly.

"He's only played in two games, only a couple of plays," Schiano said. "More of the judgment was in practice. We thought it would get better, but it's just not responding. You see him and he limps around."

Many expected the 6-foot-3 270-pound Vallone to contribute as a rookie, but he underwent foot surgery in April and rehabbed the foot injury throughout training camp.

Does the ankle just need time to heal?

"I hope," Schiano said. "I hope."

Can Vallone get the redshirt, allowing him to compete for another four years?

"He can," Schiano said. "We have to obviously file for it."


Schiano said he fully expects reserve tailback Joe Martinek to comprehend the offense in addition to taking reps with the scout team, which studies each of the Scarlet Knights' opponents. Martinek originally started the season in the mix at running back, but Kordell Young has secured the starting role.

"A guy like Joe can not only handle it mentally, but he can handle it emotionally," Schiano said of the redshirt freshman.

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