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2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the Scarlet Knights' third season as a member of the Big Ten Conference, and a member of the East Division. The team was led by Chris Ash, who is in his first season. Rutgers played its home games at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. They finished the season 2–10, 0–9 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the East Division.

2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East Division
2016 record 2–10 (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coach Chris Ash (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer (1st season)
Offensive scheme Power spread
Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann (1st season)
Base defense Multiple
Captain Chris Muller (5th year)
Captain Derrick Nelson (5th year)
Captain Darius Hamilton (5th year)
Captain Julian Pinnix-Odrick (5th year)
Home stadium High Point Solutions Stadium
(Capacity: 52,454)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

Rutgers announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Scarlet Knights will host Big Ten foes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Penn State, and will travel to Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Ohio State.[1]

The team will host two of the three non–conference games which are against Howard Bison from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, the New Mexico Lobos from the Mountain West Conference, and Washington Huskies from the Pac-12 Conference (Pac-12).

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 2:00 PM at No. 14 Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA P12N L 13–48   58,460
September 10 12:00 PM Howard* High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN W 52–14   45,245
September 17 12:00 PM New Mexico* High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPNews W 37–28   39,680
September 24 12:00 PM Iowa High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN2 L 7–14   44,061
October 1 12:00 PM at No. 2 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH BTN L 0–58   105,830
October 8 7:00 PM No. 4 Michigan High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPN2 L 0–78   53,292
October 15 12:00 PM Illinois  High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ ESPNews L 7–24   42,640
October 22 12:00 PM at Minnesota TCF Bank StadiumMinneapolis, MN ESPNU L 32–34   46,096
November 5 12:00 PM Indiana High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ BTN L 27–33   37,345
November 12 12:00 PM at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI BTN L 0–49   73,701
November 19 8:00 PM No. 9 Penn State High Point Solutions Stadium • Piscataway, NJ BTN L 0–39   51,366
November 26 12:00 PM at Maryland Maryland StadiumCollege Park, MD ESPNews L 13–31   30,220
*Non-conference game.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

at WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 3 0 10 13
#14 Huskies 24 10 14 0 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

HowardEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 14 0 0 0 14
Scarlet Knights 7 7 21 17 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2014 RUTG, 38–25

New MexicoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Lobos 21 0 0 7 28
Scarlet Knights 7 21 3 6 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

IowaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 0 7 0 7 14
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
#2 Buckeyes 6 24 21 7 58
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2015 OSU, 49–7

MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Wolverines 14 29 14 21 78
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 MICH, 49–16

After its game against Ohio State, Rutgers returned home to face Michigan in Michigan's first road game of the season. Michigan defeated Rutgers 49–16 in the previous meeting.[3]

Michigan won in a historic blowout, 78–0.[4] Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter via a four-yard touchdown run from Ty Isaac. Michigan added to its lead via a 30-yard touchdown pass from Speight to Chesson. Michigan added 29 points in the second quarter via a seven-yard touchdown run from Peppers, two one-yard touchdown runs from Hill, a two-point conversion Garrett Moores rush, and a four-yard touchdown run from Peppers, which made the score 43–0 in favor of Michigan at half-time. Michigan added 14 points in the third quarter via an 11-yard touchdown pass from John O'Korn to Hill, and a 15-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon. Michigan added 21 points in the fourth quarter via a 13-yard touchdown run from Bobby Henderson, a 44-yard touchdown run from Higdon, and a 34-yard touchdown run from Isaac.[5]

The game was a statistical domination for Michigan. Michigan accumulated 600 yards of offense and eleven touchdowns (nine rushing, two passing); the nine rushing touchdowns tied for the most in modern program history.[6] Khalid Hill recorded three touchdown scores, making him the first Michigan player with three or more scores since Chesson had four in 2015 against Indiana. Michigan improved to 6–0 for the first time since 2011 and recorded its first shutout since the previous season against Northwestern. Michigan's defense held Rutgers to only 39 total yards, two first downs, 14 three-and-outs and 0-for-17 on third down. Michigan recorded its largest margin of victory—during either conference or non-conference play—since it defeated Chicago 85–0 in 1939. This was also the largest margin of victory in any Big Ten game since the same Michigan victory over Chicago.[3] The defeat was Rutgers' worst loss since an 82–0 loss to Princeton in 1888.[7]

IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Fighting Illini 0 7 10 7 24
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2006 RUTG, 33–0

at MinnesotaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 3 7 13 9 32
Golden Gophers 21 0 10 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hoosiers 13 0 13 7 33
Scarlet Knights 10 7 7 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 RUTG, 55–52

at Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Spartans 21 14 14 0 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2015 MSU, 31–24

Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Nittany Lions 6 3 16 14 39
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0

Penn State piled up 39 points despite the game taking place during an ice storm and limited Rutgers to 87 yards, 5 first downs, and 1-14 third down conversions, managing only 1 yard in the entire second half.

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–24 2015 PSU, 28–3

at MarylandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 7 6 0 13
Tarrapins 14 7 7 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2015 UMD, 46–41

RosterEdit

2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Janarion Grant Sr
WR 2 Ahmir Mitchell Fr
WR 3 Jawuan Harris   Fr
RB 4 Trey Sneed Fr
QB 5 Chris Laviano   Jr
WR 6 Mohamed Jabbie Fr
RB 7 Robert Martin Jr
RB 8 Josh Hicks Jr
QB 11 Hayden Rettig   Jr
QB 12 Zach Allen   Jr
WR 13 Carlton Agudosi   Sr
QB 14 Tylin Oden Fr
QB 15 Jack Clements   Fr
WR 16 Christopher Parker   Fr
QB 17 Giovanni Rescigno   So
QB 18 Michael Dare   Fr
QB 19 Troy Anthony Sr
RB 20 Devan Carter   Jr
WR 21 Jelani Garvin Fr
WR 22 Prince Taylor Fr
WR 23 Dacoven Bailey Fr
RB 24 Charles Snorweah   Fr
WR 26 Ahmed Bah Fr
WR 27 McDerby Ceneus Fr
RB 28 Aslan Pugh Fr
RB 32 Justin Goodwin Sr
WR 41 Thomas Koprowski Fr
TE 42 Nick Arcidiacono Sr
TE 43 George Behr   So
WR 46 Davante McDuffie Jr
OL 54 Kamaal Seymour Fr
OL 55 Michael Maietti Fr
OL 60 Dorian Miller   Jr
OL 61 Mike Lonsdorf Fr
OL 63 Jim Onulak Fr
OL 64 Skiy Pyrame   Fr
OL 65 Tariq Cole   So
OL 66 Nick Krimin Fr
OL 69 Derrick Nelson (C)   Sr
OL 70 Chris Muller (C)   Sr
OL 71 Marcus Applefield   So
OL 72 Manny Taylor   Fr
OL 73 Jonah Jackson   Fr
OL 74 Sam Howson Fr
OL 75 Zach Venesky   Fr
OL 77 J. J. Denman   Sr
OL 79 Zack Heeman   So
WR 80 Alex Schoen   Jr
TE 81 Matt Flanagan   Jr
WR 82 Ntwademela Perry   So
WR 83 Rashad Blunt   Fr
WR 84 John Tsimis   Jr
TE 86 Nakia Griffin-Stewart   Fr
WR 87 Vance Matthews   Sr
WR 88 Andre Patton Sr
TE 89 Jerome Washington So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Kiy Hester   So
LB 5 Ronnie James So
DL 7 Elorm Lumor Fr
DB 9 Saquan Hampton   So
DB 10 Blessuan Austin So
DB 11 Isaiah Wharton   So
DL 12 Myles Nash   Jr
LB 14 Solomon Manning Fr
LB 15 Trevor Morris So
DB 17 K. J. Gray Fr
DB 18 Damon Hayes Fr
DB 20 Marcus Parker   Sr
DB 21 Ross Douglas   Jr
DL 22 Quanzell Lambert   Sr
DB 25 Jarius Adams So
LB 26 Deonte Roberts So
DB 27 Kobe Marfo So
LB 28 Najee Clayton So
DB 29 Lawrence Stevens Fr
LB 30 Andre Hunt   Jr
DB 31 Anthony Cioffi Sr
LB 33 Greg Jones   Sr
LB 34 Talib Abdur-Ra'oof   So
LB 35 Eric Margolis   So
LB 36 T. J. Taylor   Jr
LB 37 Max Anthony   Fr
LB 38 Jim Brady Fr
DB 39 Sandy Anya   Jr
DB 40 Brian Chase   Fr
LB 40 Kevin Marquez Sr
DB 43 D'Won Walker   Fr
LB 44 Tyreek Maddox-Williams Fr
DB 45 Dylan Rogers Fr
LB 47 Isaiah Johnson Sr
LB 49 Brandon Russell   So
DL 50 Julius Turner Fr
DL 51 Sebastian Joseph   Jr
DL 53 Julian Pinnix-Odrick (C)   Sr
LB 55 Austin Rosa   Fr
LB 56 Rashawn Battle Fr
DL 58 Kemoko Turay   Jr
DL 59 Darnell Davis   Jr
DL 67 Kenneth Roman   Fr
DL 75 Darius Hamilton (C)   Sr
DL 90 Ron'Dell Carter   Fr
DL 92 Eric Wiafe   So
DL 93 Jason Griggs Fr
DL 95 Jon Bateky So
DL 96 Willington Previlon   Fr
DL 98 Jimmy Hogan   So
DL 99 Kevin Wilkins   So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 62 Matthew Sportelli Fr
LS 85 Alan Lucy Jr
P 94 Michael Cintron   So
PK 97 Jared Smolar Fr
PK 98 David Bonagura   Jr
P 99 Tim Gleeson   Sr
P 99 Gavin Haggerty   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Drew Mehringer (Offensive Coordinator)
  • Jay Niemann (Defensive Coordinator)
  • Vince Okruch (Special Teams Coordinator)
  • A. J. Blazek (Offensive Line)
  • Shane Burnham (Defensive Line)
  • Bill Busch (Defensive Backs)
  • Aaron Henry (Assistant Defensive Backs)
  • Zak Kuhr (Running Backs)
  • Jafar Williams (Wide Receivers)
  • Kenny Parker (Head Football Strength and Conditioning)
  • Sean Barowski (Defensive Assistant)
  • Collin Bauer (Defensive Assistant)
  • David Galante (Offensive Assistant)
  • Mark Rosenbaum (Offensive Assistant)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: November 23, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference Announces 2016-2017 Football Schedules" (Press release). Rutgers University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Postgame Notes: #4 Michigan 78, Rutgers 0". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. October 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ground Attack, Defensive Blanket Key U-M's Shutout Win". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. October 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Michigan-Rutgers Box Score". ESPN.com. ESPN. October 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Note: Claims that Michigan's nine touchdowns are a program record ignore the accomplishments of Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams that scored more than nine touchdowns on multiple occasions. Michigan's single-game record is actually 22 touchdowns, a feat accomplished twice – on October 26, 1901, against University of Buffalo and on October 24, 1904, against West Virginia. These games occurred before the forward pass was legalized in 1906; therefore, all points scored would have been via rushing touchdowns.
  7. ^ Werner, Barry (October 8, 2016). "Stunning stats from Michigan's 78-0 destruction of Rutgers". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 12, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  10. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.