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2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

The 2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represented Rutgers University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Scarlet Knights played their home games at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey and competed as members of the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. They were led by second-year head coach Chris Ash. They finished the season 4–8, 3–6 in Big Ten play to finish in fifth place in the East Division.

2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
2017 record4–8 (3–6 Big Ten)
Head coachChris Ash (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJerry Kill (1st season)
Offensive schemePower spread
Defensive coordinatorJay Niemann (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumHigh Point Solutions Stadium
(Capacity: 52,454)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RecruitingEdit

Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

RecruitsEdit

The Scarlet Knights signed a total of 26 recruits.

ScheduleEdit

Rutgers announced its 2017 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2017 schedule consisted of 6 home, 5 away, and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Scarlet Knights hosted Big Ten foes Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue, and traveled to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, and Penn State. Rutgers played against Maryland in Bronx, New York at Yankee Stadium.[1]

The Scarlet Knights hosted all three of the non-conference opponents, Eastern Michigan from the Mid-American Conference, Morgan State from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Washington from the Pac-12 Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 p.m.No. 8 Washington*FS1L 14–3046,093
September 93:30 p.m.Eastern Michigan*
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 13–1637,661
September 163:30 p.mMorgan State*
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNW 65–039,892
September 233:30 p.m.at NebraskaBTNL 17–2789,775
September 307:30 p.m.No. 11 Ohio State
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 0–5646,328
October 1412:00 p.m.at IllinoisBTNW 35–2435,675
October 2112:00 p.m.Purdue 
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNW 14–1238,278
October 2812:00 p.m.at MichiganBTNL 14–35111,213
November 43:30 p.m.Maryland
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNW 31–2435,221
November 1112:00 p.m.at No. 16 Penn StateBTNL 6–35107,531
November 1812:00 p.m.at IndianaBTNL 0–4135,949
November 254:00 p.m.No. 21 Michigan State
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
FOXL 7–4035,021
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

WashingtonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Huskies 3 7 10 10 30
Scarlet Knights 7 0 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2016 L, 13–48

The Scarlet Knights opened the season by welcoming No. 8-ranked Washington to New Jersey. Rutgers took the early lead on a three-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Bolin to Janarion Grant. Washington answered with a field goal in the first quarter and a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown with the 3:50 seconds left in the half to take a 10–7 halftime lead. Though trailing, the Knights played well and hung with the highly-ranked Huskies in the first half. However, Washington QB Jake Browning threw two second-half touchdown passes as Washington pulled away from the Scarlet Knights to win the game 30–14.[3] The loss left the Scarlet Knights with an 0–1 record.

Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 13 0 3 16
Scarlet Knights 6 7 0 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2013 W, 28–10

Morgan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 0 0 0 0
Scarlet Knights 7 27 17 14 65
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2008 W, 38–0

at NebraskaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 7 3 7 0 17
Cornhuskers 7 7 7 6 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2015 L, 14–31

Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Buckeyes 7 28 7 14 56
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–3 2016 L, 0–58

at IllinoisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 7 14 7 7 35
Fighting Illini 3 7 0 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L, 7–24

PurdueEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0 3 3 6 12
Scarlet Knights 7 0 7 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 7 7 0 14
Wolverines 0 21 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 L, 0–78

MarylandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 7 10 0 24
Scarlet Knights 0 17 0 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–7 2016 L, 13–31

at Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 3 3 0 0 6
Nittany Lions 0 14 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–25 2016 L, 0–39

at IndianaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Hoosiers 17 3 14 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2016 L, 27–33

Michigan StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 13 3 3 21 40
Scarlet Knights 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–5 2016 L, 0–49

RosterEdit

2017 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   So
RB 4 Trey Sneed So
WR 5 Damon Mitchell   Sr
WR 6 Mohamed Jabbie   Fr
RB 7 Robert Martin Sr
RB 8 Josh Hicks Sr
QB 9 Kyle Bolin   Sr
WR 10 Everett Wormley Fr
QB 11 Johnathan Lewis Fr
QB 12 Zach Allen   Sr
TE 12 Myles Nash   Sr
RB 13 Gus Edwards   Sr
QB 14 Rob Nittolo   Jr
WR 15 Shameen Jones Fr
WR 16 Tommy Wyatt   Fr
QB 17 Giovanni Rescigno   Jr
WR 18 Bo Melton Fr
QB 19 Tom Flacco Jr
RB 20 Elijah Barnwell Fr
WR 23 Dacoven Bailey Fr
RB 24 Charles Snorweah   So
RB 25 Raheem Blackshear Fr
RB 27 McDerby Ceneus   Jr
RB 28 Aslan Pugh   Fr
RB 38 Jim Brady   Fr
WR 38 Nyshere Woodson Fr
RB 40 Brendan Devera Fr
RB 44 Max Anthony   So
OL 50 Owen Bowles Fr
OL 51 Jamaal Beaty Fr
OL 54 Kamaal Seymour   So
OL 55 Michael Maietti   Fr
OL 56 Micah Clark Fr
OL 57 Zach Miseo Fr
OL 58 Charles Zarzecki Fr
OL 60 Dorian Miller   Sr
OL 61 Mike Lonsdorf   Fr
OL 63 Jim Onulak   Fr
OL 64 Skiy Pyrame   So
OL 65 Tariq Cole   Jr
OL 66 Nick Krimin   Fr
OL 71 Marcus Applefield   Jr
OL 72 Manny Taylor   So
OL 73 Jonah Jackson   So
OL 74 Sam Howson   Fr
OL 75 Zach Venesky   So
OL 77 Sam Vretman Fr
OL 79 Zack Heeman   Jr
WR 80 Nixon Provillon   Sr
WR 81 Tyler Hayek Fr
WR 82 Hunter Hayek Fr
WR 83 Rashad Blunt   So
WR 84 Cole Murphy Jr
TE 86 Nakia Griffin-Stewart   So
WR 87 Prince Taylor   Fr
TE 88 Jerome Washington Jr
TE 89 Travis Vokolek Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Kiy Hester   Jr
LB 3 Olakunle Fatukasi Fr
DB 4 Trey Avery   Fr
LB 6 Deonte Roberts Jr
DL 7 Elorm Lumor   Fr
LB 8 Tyshon Fogg Fr
DB 9 Saquan Hampton   Jr
DB 10 Blessuan Austin Jr
DB 11 Isaiah Wharton   Jr
DL 14 Solomon Manning   Fr
LB 15 Trevor Morris Jr
DB 16 Jelani Garvin So
DB 17 K. J. Gray So
LB 21 Ross Douglas   Sr
DB 22 Damon Hayes So
DB 24 Naijee Jones Fr
LB 25 Syhiem Simmons Fr
LB 26 C. J. Onyechi Fr
DB 27 Kobe Marfo Jr
DB 29 Lawrence Stevens   Fr
DB 31 Edwin Lopez Fr
DB 32 Rani Abdulaziz Fr
DB 33 Tim Barrow Fr
DB 34 Parker Day Fr
LB 35 Eric Margolis   Jr
LB 36 T. J. Taylor   Sr
DB 37 Zane Campbell   Sr
LB 44 Tyreek Maddox-Williams So
DB 46 Davante McDuffie Sr
LB 49 Brandon Russell   Jr
DL 50 Julius Turner   Fr
DL 51 Sebastian Joseph-Day   Sr
DL 53 Brendan Bordner Fr
LB 55 Austin Rosa   So
LB 56 Rashawn Battle   Fr
DL 57 Joahne Duggan Fr
DL 58 Kemoko Turay   Sr
DL 59 Darnell Davis   Sr
DL 91 Tijuan Mason Fr
DL 92 Eric Wiafe   Jr
DL 93 Jason Griggs   Fr
DL 95 Jon Bateky Jr
DL 96 Willington Previlon   So
DL 97 Mike Tverdov Fr
DL 98 Jimmy Hogan   Jr
DL 99 Kevin Wilkins   Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
LS 47 Bill Taylor Fr
LS 62 Matthew Sportelli   Fr
LS 85 Alan Lucy Sr
P 94 Michael Cintron   Jr
K 95 Justin Davidovicz Fr
P 96 Ryan Anderson   Sr
PK 97 Andrew Harte   Sr
PK 98 David Bonagura   Sr
P 99 Gavin Haggerty   So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Jerry Kill (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
  • Jay Niemann (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
  • Vince Okruch (Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends)
  • A. J. Blazek (Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line)
  • Shane Burnham (Defensive Line)
  • Bill Busch (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs)
  • Henry Baker (Cornerbacks)
  • Lester Erb (Running Backs)
  • Jafar Williams (Wide Receivers)
  • Kenny Parker (Head Strength and Conditioning)
  • Mason Judd (Defensive Assistant)
  • David Galante (Offensive Assistant)
  • Mark Rosenbaum (Offensive Assistant)
  • Anthony Van Curen (Defensive Assistant)

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

Roster
Last update: August 17, 2017

Players in the 2018 NFL DraftEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Kemoko Turay DE 2 52 Indianapolis Colts
Sebastian Joseph DT 6 195 Los Angeles Rams

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Conference Announces 2016-2017 Football Schedules" (Press release). Rutgers University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Washington vs. Rutgers - Game Recap - September 1, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-09-07.