Brooks, Thomas transferring

Running back Jourdan Brooks and offensive lineman Wayne Thomas, both who will be red-shirt juniors in 2010, are transferring from Rutgers. Brooks saw his playing time cut significantly during the second half of the season and Thomas was passed over on the depth chart. But where are both of the players heading? Find out inside on

Jourdan Brooks began the 2009 season competing to be Rutgers' starting running back, but ended it as a seldom-used player whose career with the Scarlet Knights is now over.

Brooks and offensive lineman Wayne Thomas are both transferring from Rutgers, the school announced. According to sources, both players are transferring to Football Championship Subdivision programs.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brooks, who prepped at Seneca Valley High (Germantown, Md.) and was a possible candidate to move to fullback for his upcoming junior season, is heading to Morgan State.

Thomas, a little-used 6-5, 275-pounder our of Nottingham High (Hamilton, N.J.), is transferring to Delaware State for his red-shirt junior season.

Thomas didn't develop into the type of offensive lineman Rutgers had hoped, and was passed over on the depth chart.

Brooks was expected to be an instrumental part of the Scarlet Knights offense last season, but didn't seem to be the same running back after being stopped on back-to-back plays near the goal line early at Maryland. He playing time diminished significantly after that game.

Brooks finished the season second on Rutgers in rushing with 346 yards and five touchdowns on 62 carries, but much of his success came early in the season against lower-caliber competition.

They are the third and fourth players to leave the program after the season, which will create much-needed scholarship room. Tight end Shamar Graves' appeal for a fifth year of eligibility was denied, and Al-Majid Hutchins transferred to Stony Brook.

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