The Big Ten released the availability report for both Rutgers and Northwestern per the new league rules two hours before kickoff at 10 a.m. Note that this is not an injury report and no reasons are given for a player’s status. Head Coach Greg Schiano will likely be asked about certain players following game. Here is the report for Rutgers and some quick thoughts.
Rutgers football availability report vs. Northwestern
4 Scarlet Knights ruled “OUT”
- RB Aaron Young
- WR Naseim Brantley
- WR Jesse Ofurie
- OL Joe De Croce
1 Scarlet Knight ruled “QUESTIONABLE”
- RB Samuel Brown
Obviously not having Aaron Young available and Sam Brown listed as questionable for this game is significant. It will be largely up to Kyle Monangai to seize the opportunity for the Scarlet Knights against Northwestern. He is the most similar back that Rutgers has compared to Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim who OC Kirk Ciarrocca relied on heavily last season against Northwestern. Al Shadee-Salaam will have a chance to make an impact as well…..Also having Naseim Brantley out is a concern, as many expected him to seize a big role in the passing attack. That being said, this opens the door for true freshman Ian Strong to be a major factor in this game. Transfer JaQuae Jackson as well as returning receivers Chris Long and Isaiah Washington should have chances too…..Northwestern only has one player out and two players listed as questionable on its avaibility report but none who were expected to start.
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