Rutgers-Washington State: Breakdown, Players to Watch, Prediction

SEATTLE — In a matter of hours, 243 days of buildup for the Rutgers football team will finally culminate. The Scarlet Knights are set to compete for the first time since the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl — this time as an inaugural Big Ten conference member.

The Daily Targum has you covered with everything you need to know before tonight’s kickoff at CenturyLink Field with our Game 1 preview.

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Rutgers’ Depth Chart for Game 1 — Washington State

Game: Rutgers at Washington State

Date: Thursday, Aug. 28, 10:00 p.m. ET

Venue: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Television: Fox Sports 1



WR 4 Leonte Carroo (Jr.), 13 Carlton Agudosi (So.)

LT 74 Keith Lumpkin (Jr.), 71 Marcus Applefield (Fr.) OR 79 Zack Heeman (Fr.)

LG 72 Kaleb Johnson (Sr.), 60 Dorian Miller (R-Fr.) OR 65 Tariq Cole (Fr.)

C 55 Betim Bujari (Sr.), 69 Derrick Nelson (So.)

RG 70 Chris Muller (So.), 73 Ryan Brodie (So.)

RT 78 Taj Alexander (Sr.), 77 J.J. Denman (So.)

TE 86 Tyler Kroft (Jr.), 81 Matt Flanagan (R-Fr.)

WR 1 Janarion Grant (So.) OR 84 John Tsimis (So.) OR 19 Andrew Turzilli (Sr.)

QB 10 Gary Nova (Sr.), 5 Chris Laviano (R-Fr.)

FB 46 Michael Burton (Sr.), 44 Sam Bergen (Sr.)

RB 34 Paul James (Jr.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)



DE 90 David Milewski (Sr.), 22 Quanzell Lambert (So.) OR 58 Kemoko Turay (R-Fr.)

NT 95 Kenneth Kirksey (Sr.), 98 Daryl Stephenson (Jr.)

DT 91 Darius Hamilton (Jr.), 51 Sebastian Joseph (R-Fr.)

DE 93 Djwany Mera (Jr.), 53 Julian Pinnix-Odrick (So.)

WLB 3 Steve Longa (So.), 36 T.J. Taylor (R-Fr.)

MLB 45 Kevin Snyder (Sr.), 25 L.J. Liston (So.)

SLB 50 Quentin Gause (Jr.), 49 Brandon Russell (Fr.)

CB 2 Gareef Glashen (Sr.), 24 Andre Boggs (Fr.)

FS 27 Delon Stephenson (So.), 26 Johnathan Aiken (Sr.)

SS 21 Lorenzo Waters (Sr.), 29 Davon Jacobs (So.)

CB 32 Justin Goodwin (So.), 31 Anthony Cioffi (So.) OR 12 Nadir Barnwell (So.)



P 96 Joseph Roth (Sr.), 99 Tim Gleeson (Jr.)

PK 1 Kyle Federico (Jr.), 93 Nick Borgese (Jr.) OR 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.)

KO 1 Kyle Federico (Jr.), 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.)

PR 1 Janarion Grant (So.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)

KR 1 Janarion Grant (So.), 32 Justin Goodwin (So.)

7 Robert Martin (Fr.) OR 8 Josh Hicks (Fr.), 6 Desmon Peoples (So.)

H 16 Mike Bimonte (Jr.), 95 Nick DeLouisa (Sr.) OR 93 Nick Borgese (Jr.)

SN 85 Alan Lucy (Fr.), 45 Kevin Snyder (Sr.)

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New coach, returning core exude confidence in carrying on Crooks’ winning tradition

By Garrett Stepien / Staff Writer

When Glenn Crooks announced his retirement from head coach of the Rutgers women’s soccer team on July 22 in a press release on, the news sent a wave of shock throughout the program.

No one knew — not even his right-hand man for 10 years in former associate head coach Mike O’Neill.

“It was really a surprise. I knew nothing,” O’Neill said. “So when Glenn told me he was going to retire, obviously there was mixed emotions. But I knew nothing.”

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Donigan, Knights hope new additions up top get program on track

By Sean Stewart / Correspondent

When Rutgers head men’s soccer coach Dan Donigan guided the program to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 — its first appearance since 2006 — a return to national prominence seemed imminent.

But sustaining that success has proved difficult, with untimely injuries to vital players and late game collapses derailing the Scarlet Knights’ postseason hopes the past two seasons.

Now entering his fifth year, Donigan leads his squad into a loaded Big Ten conference seeking not only a return to the NCAA Tournament, but also a new identity with leading goal scorer Kene Eze and assist leader Mael Corboz departing the team.

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Starting again, Gary Nova looks to make good on his final season at Rutgers

By Greg Johnson / Sports Editor

For all his stigmas and shortcomings in Piscataway, Gary Nova reported to training camp July 31 as calm as could be.

Coming off arguably his most productive spring with the Rutgers football team since being benched in November, the senior quarterback continued to look toward brighter days.

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Crooks retires after 14 years at the helm of women’s soccer

After 14 years as the Rutgers head women’s soccer coach, Glenn Crooks will retire, Athletic Director Julie Hermann announced Tuesday.

Associate head coach Mike O’Neill, Crooks’ lead assistant during his tenure, will take over as head coach. Crooks finishes as the second-winningest coach in program history.

“After 22 years as a Division I women’s soccer head coach, I have decided to retire,” Crooks said in a statement. “I have full confidence in the current coaching staff, led by the extraordinary talents of my associate head coach Mike O’Neill and first assistant Meghan Ryan. I know that the Rutgers women’s soccer program is well positioned to make an immediate impact in the Big Ten.

“I look forward to continuing to coach and train teams at the club and ODP levels while exploring media and broadcasting opportunities beyond my current work as an analyst for Sky Blue FC.”

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Glenn Crooks led Rutgers to seven NCAA Tournaments in 14 seasons. The Daily Targum / File Photo / November 2013

Crooks, who won 155 games at Rutgers, led the Knights to seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16 runs.

“I want to thank everyone at Rutgers, especially the student-athletes, for making this an unforgettable experience for me personally and professionally,” Crooks said in a statement. “It was the greatest day of my coaching career when I was hired at Rutgers in April of 2000, and these have been 14 years to cherish. My heart and rooting interests will always be with Rutgers and our women’s soccer program.”

Rutgers opens its inaugural season in the Big Ten on Aug. 22 vs Stony Brook.

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PHOTO GALLERY: R B1G Party, July 1, 2014

Celebrating Rutgers’ first day in the Big Ten:

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