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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 (Rivalry) 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
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 Grant, JanarionJanarion Grant Sr
WR 2 Mitchell, AhmirAhmir Mitchell Fr
WR 3 Harris, JawuanJawuan Harris   Fr
RB 4 Sneed, TreyTrey Sneed Fr
QB 5 Laviano, ChrisChris Laviano   Jr
WR 6 Jabbie, MohamedMohamed Jabbie Fr
RB 7 Martin, RobertRobert Martin Jr
RB 8 Hicks, JoshJosh Hicks Jr
QB 11 Rettig, HaydenHayden Rettig   Jr
QB 12 Allen, ZachZach Allen   Jr
WR 13 Agudosi, CarltonCarlton Agudosi   Sr
QB 14 Oden, TylinTylin Oden Fr
QB 15 Clements, JackJack Clements   Fr
WR 16 Parker, ChristopherChristopher Parker   Fr
QB 17 Rescigno, GiovanniGiovanni Rescigno   So
QB 18 Dare, MichaelMichael Dare   Fr
QB 19 Anthony, TroyTroy Anthony Sr
RB 20 Carter, DevanDevan Carter   Jr
WR 21 Garvin, JelaniJelani Garvin Fr
WR 22 Taylor, PrincePrince Taylor Fr
WR 23 Bailey, DacovenDacoven Bailey Fr
RB 24 Snorweah, CharlesCharles Snorweah   Fr
WR 26 Bah, AhmedAhmed Bah Fr
WR 27 Ceneus, McDerbyMcDerby Ceneus Fr
RB 28 Pugh, AslanAslan Pugh Fr
RB 32 Goodwin, JustinJustin Goodwin Sr
WR 41 Koprowski, ThomasThomas Koprowski Fr
TE 42 Arcidiacono, NickNick Arcidiacono Sr
TE 43 Behr, GeorgeGeorge Behr   So
WR 46 McDuffie, DavanteDavante McDuffie Jr
OL 54 Seymour, KamaalKamaal Seymour Fr
OL 55 Maietti, MichaelMichael Maietti Fr
OL 60 Miller, DorianDorian Miller   Jr
OL 61 Lonsdorf, MikeMike Lonsdorf Fr
OL 63 Onulak, JimJim Onulak Fr
OL 64 Pyrame, SkiySkiy Pyrame   Fr
OL 65 Cole, TariqTariq Cole   So
OL 66 Krimin, NickNick Krimin Fr
OL 69 Nelson, DerrickDerrick Nelson (C)   Sr
OL 70 Muller, ChrisChris Muller (C)   Sr
OL 71 Applefield, MarcusMarcus Applefield   So
OL 72 Taylor, MannyManny Taylor   Fr
OL 73 Jackson, JonahJonah Jackson   Fr
OL 74 Howson, SamSam Howson Fr
OL 75 Venesky, ZachZach Venesky   Fr
OL 77 Denman, J. J.J. J. Denman   Sr
OL 79 Heeman, ZackZack Heeman   So
WR 80 Schoen, AlexAlex Schoen   Jr
TE 81 Flanagan, MattMatt Flanagan   Jr
WR 82 Perry, NtwademelaNtwademela Perry   So
WR 83 Blunt, RashadRashad Blunt   Fr
WR 84 Tsimis, JohnJohn Tsimis   Jr
TE 86 Griffin-Stewart, NakiaNakia Griffin-Stewart   Fr
WR 87 Matthews, VanceVance Matthews   Sr
WR 88 Patton, AndreAndre Patton Sr
TE 89 Washington, JeromeJerome Washington So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Hester, KiyKiy Hester   So
LB 5 James, RonnieRonnie James So
DL 7 Lumor, ElormElorm Lumor Fr
DB 9 Hampton, SaquanSaquan Hampton   So
DB 10 Austin, BlessuanBlessuan Austin So
DB 11 Wharton, IsaiahIsaiah Wharton   So
DL 12 Nash, MylesMyles Nash   Jr
LB 14 Manning, SolomonSolomon Manning Fr
LB 15 Morris, TrevorTrevor Morris So
DB 17 Gray, K. J.K. J. Gray Fr
DB 18 Hayes, DamonDamon Hayes Fr
DB 20 Parker, MarcusMarcus Parker   Sr
DB 21 Douglas, RossRoss Douglas   Jr
DL 22 Lambert, QuanzellQuanzell Lambert   Sr
DB 25 Adams, JariusJarius Adams So
LB 26 Roberts, DeonteDeonte Roberts So
DB 27 Marfo, KobeKobe Marfo So
LB 28 Clayton, NajeeNajee Clayton So
DB 29 Stevens, LawrenceLawrence Stevens Fr
LB 30 Hunt, AndreAndre Hunt   Jr
DB 31 Cioffi, AnthonyAnthony Cioffi Sr
LB 33 Jones, GregGreg Jones   Sr
LB 34 Abdur-Ra'oof, TalibTalib Abdur-Ra'oof   So
LB 35 Margolis, EricEric Margolis   So
LB 36 Taylor, T. J.T. J. Taylor   Jr
LB 37 Anthony, MaxMax Anthony   Fr
LB 38 Brady, JimJim Brady Fr
DB 39 Anya, SandySandy Anya   Jr
DB 40 Chase, BrianBrian Chase   Fr
LB 40 Marquez, KevinKevin Marquez Sr
DB 43 Walker, D'WonD'Won Walker   Fr
LB 44 Maddox-Williams, TyreekTyreek Maddox-Williams Fr
DB 45 Rogers, DylanDylan Rogers Fr
LB 47 Johnson, IsaiahIsaiah Johnson Sr
LB 49 Russell, BrandonBrandon Russell   So
DL 50 Turner, JuliusJulius Turner Fr
DL 51 Joseph, SebastianSebastian Joseph   Jr
DL 53 Pinnix-Odrick, JulianJulian Pinnix-Odrick (C)   Sr
LB 55 Rosa, AustinAustin Rosa   Fr
LB 56 Battle, RashawnRashawn Battle Fr
DL 58 Turay, KemokoKemoko Turay   Jr
DL 59 Davis, DarnellDarnell Davis   Jr
DL 67 Roman, KennethKenneth Roman   Fr
DL 75 Hamilton, DariusDarius Hamilton (C)   Sr
DL 90 Carter, Ron'DellRon'Dell Carter   Fr
DL 92 Wiafe, EricEric Wiafe   So
DL 93 Griggs, JasonJason Griggs Fr
DL 95 Bateky, JonJon Bateky So
DL 96 Previlon, WillingtonWillington Previlon   Fr
DL 98 Hogan, JimmyJimmy Hogan   So
DL 99 Wilkins, KevinKevin Wilkins   So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 62 Sportelli, MatthewMatthew Sportelli Fr
LS 85 Lucy, AlanAlan Lucy Jr
P 94 Cintron, MichaelMichael Cintron   So
PK 97 Smolar, JaredJared Smolar Fr
PK 98 Bonagura, DavidDavid Bonagura   Jr
P 99 Gleeson, TimTim Gleeson   Sr
P 99 Haggerty, GavinGavin 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.