2019 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team

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2019 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
Rutgers Scarlet Knights logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
2019 record2–8 (0–7 Big Ten)
Head coachChris Ash (4th season; first 4 games)
Nunzio Campanile (interim; remainder of season)
Offensive coordinatorJohn McNulty (2nd season; first 4 games)
Nunzio Campanile (remainder of season)
Defensive coordinatorAndy Buh (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorNoah Joseph (2nd season)
Home stadiumSHI Stadium
(Capacity: 52,454)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Ohio State   7 0         10 0  
No. 8 Penn State   6 1         9 1  
No. 13 Michigan   5 2         8 2  
Indiana   4 3         7 3  
Michigan State   2 5         4 6  
Maryland   1 6         3 7  
Rutgers   0 7         2 7  
West Division
No. 10 Minnesota   6 1         9 1  
No. 12 Wisconsin   5 2         8 2  
Illinois   4 3         6 4  
No. 17 Iowa   4 3         7 3  
Purdue   3 4         4 6  
Nebraska   2 5         4 6  
Northwestern   0 7         2 8  
Championship: December 7, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 22, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team represents Rutgers University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Scarlet Knights play their home games at SHI Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey and compete as members of the East Division of the Big Ten Conference. They are led by fourth-year head coach Chris Ash. On September 29, 2019, Ash was fired after 3​13 seasons as head coach. He posted an overall record of 8–32 and 3–26 in Big Ten play.

Previous season[edit]

The Scarlet Knights finished the 2018 season 1–11, 0–9 in Big Ten play to finish in last place in the East Division.

Offseason[edit]

Andy Buh was hired as defensive coordinator on January 21, 2019.[1] He had previously served in the same position for three years at Maryland. Henry Baker, who served as cornerbacks coach for Rutgers in 2017 but coached at North Carolina in 2018, was hired back as cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator.[2]

Preseason[edit]

Preseason Big Ten poll[edit]

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Rutgers was projected to finish in last in the East Division.[3]

Media poll (East Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Michigan 222 (20)
2 Ohio State 214 (14)
3 Michigan State 156
4 Penn State 154
5 Indiana 86.5
6 Maryland 82.5
7 Rutgers 37

Schedule[edit]

Rutgers' 2019 schedule will begin on August 30 with a non-conference game against UMass, a football independent. The Scarlet Knights' other non-conference games will be against Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Liberty, also an independent. In Big Ten Conference play, Rutgers will play all members of the East Division and draws Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois from the West Division.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:15 p.m.UMass*BTNW 48–2140,515
September 712:00 p.m.at No. 20 IowaFS1L 0–3061,808
September 2112:00 p.m.Boston College*
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 16–3032,217
September 2812:00 p.m.at No. 20 MichiganBTNL 0–52110,662
October 512:00 p.m.Maryland
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 7–4830,185
October 1212:00 p.m.at IndianaBTNL 0–3537,055
October 193:30 p.m.No. 20 Minnesotadagger
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 7–4222,429
October 2612:00 p.m.Liberty*
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNW 44–3423,058
November 23:30 p.m.at IllinoisBTNL 10–3835,632
November 163:30 p.m.No. 2 Ohio State
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 21–5633,528
November 2312:00 p.m.Michigan State
  • SHI Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
FS1
November 303:30 p.m.at Penn StateBTN

Source:[4]

Game summaries[edit]

UMass[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 21 0 0 0 21
Scarlet Knights 7 31 3 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 1978 W, 21–11

at Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
No. 20 Hawkeyes 7 13 7 3 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2016 L, 7–14

Boston College[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 10 7 6 30
Scarlet Knights 7 6 0 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–19–1 2004 L, 10–21

at Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
No. 20 Wolverines 14 10 14 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2018 L, 7–42

Maryland[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Terrapins 7 20 21 0 48
Scarlet Knights 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–8 2018 L, 7–34

at Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 0 0
Hoosiers 21 0 14 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2018 L, 17–24

Minnesota[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Golden Gophers 7 7 7 21 42
Scarlet Knights 0 0 0 7 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2016 L, 32–34

Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 14 7 3 10 34
Scarlet Knights 7 14 17 6 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0 10 0 0 10
Fighting Illini 10 0 21 7 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 2018 L, 17–38

Ohio State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Buckeyes 21 14 14 7 56
Scarlet Knights 7 0 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–5 2018 L, 3–52

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0
Scarlet Knights 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7 2018 L, 10–14

at Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Scarlet Knights 0
Nittany Lions 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–27 2018 L, 7–20

Roster and coaching staff[edit]

2019 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Isaih Pacheco So
RB 2 Raheem Blackshear Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 3 McLane Carter Redshirt.svg Sr
RB 4 Aaron Young Fr
WR 5 Paul Woods Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 6 Mohamed Jabbie Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 7 Hunter Hayek Jr
QB 8 Artur Sitkowski So
WR 9 Tyler Hayek Redshirt.svg So
TE 10 Matt Alaimo Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 11 Johnathan Lewis Redshirt.svg So
WR 12 Jalen Jordan Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 13 Prince Taylor Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 14 Everett Wormley Jr
WR 15 Shameen Jones Redshirt.svg So
QB 16 Cole Snyder Fr
QB 17 Johnny Langan Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 18 Bo Melton Jr
QB 19 Austin Albericci Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 20 Elijah Barnwell Redshirt.svg So
WR 21 Eddie Lewis So
RB 22 Kay'Ron Adams Fr
RB 33 Parker Day Redshirt.svg So
TE 35 Jonathan Pimentel Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 40 Joseph Hayford Jr
TE 42 Jake Malaney Fr
TE 45 Brandon Myers Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 48 Ryan Cassidy Redshirt.svg So
TE 49 Kyle Penniston Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 50 Owen Bowles Redshirt.svg So
OL 51 Jamaal Beaty Redshirt.svg So
OL 54 Kamaal Seymour Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 55 Michael Maietti Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 57 Zach Miseo Redshirt.svg So
OL 59 C. J. Hanson Fr
OL 60 Omari Cooper Jr
OL 61 Mike Lonsdorf Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 63 Jim Onulak Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 64 Jason Lavigna Fr
OL 66 Nick Krimin Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 70 Reggie Sutton Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 71 Raiqwon O'Neal Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 72 Manny Taylor Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 74 Sam Howson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 75 Zach Venesky Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 76 Matt Rosso Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 77 Sam Vretman Jr
OL 78 Liam Flite Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 79 Anton Oskarsson Fr
WR 80 Monterio Hunt Jr
WR 81 Rich McDonald So
WR 82 Christian Dremel Fr
WR 83 Isaiah Washington Fr
WR 84 Cole Murphy Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 85 Daevon Robinson So
TE 86 Cooper Heisey Fr
WR 87 John Guaimano Fr
WR 88 Stanley King Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 2 Avery Young So
LB 3 Olakunle Fatukasi Jr
DB 4 Tim Barrow Redshirt.svg So
DB 5 Kessawn Abraham So
LB 6 Rashawn Battle Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 7 Elorm Lumor Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 8 Tyshon Fogg Jr
LB 9 Tyreek Maddox-Williams Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 10 Zukudo Igwenagu Fr
LB 11 Drew Singleton Redshirt.svg So
DB 12 Christian Izien Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 13 Amir Byrd Fr
DB 14 Jameer Campbell Jr
WR 15 Malik Dixon Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 17 Deion Jennings Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 17 Zamir Mickens Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 19 Calebe Silva Redshirt.svg So
DB 21 Tre Avery Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 22 Damon Hayes Sr
DB 23 Donald Williams Fr
DB 24 Naijee Jones Redshirt.svg So
DB 25 Jarrett Paul So
LB 26 C. J. Onyechi Redshirt.svg So
DB 27 Kobe Marfo Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 28 Aslan Pugh Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 29 Lawrence Stevens Redshirt.svg Jr
DB 30 Chris Conti Fr
LB 31 Johnny Yorey Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 32 Rani Abdulaziz Redshirt.svg So
DB 33 Kyle LaPorte Redshirt.svg Sr
DB 35 Anthony Marshall Redshirt.svg Fr
DB 36 Darius Gooden Fr
DB 37 T. J. Robinson Fr
LB 40 Nihym Anderson Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 41 Jack Quander Fr
LB 43 Chike Nwankwo Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 44 Brian Ugwu Fr
DL 45 Jamree Kromah Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 46 Matt Gibney Fr
DL 50 Julius Turner Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 55 Austin Rosa Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 56 Micah Clark Redshirt.svg So
DL 57 Jaohne Duggan Redshirt.svg So
DL 58 Mohamed Toure Fr
DL 59 Drew Bethke Fr
DL 85 Matt Thomas Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 88 Brendan Bordner Redshirt.svg So
DL 90 Freddie Recio Jr
DL 91 Tijaun Mason Redshirt.svg So
DL 93 Jason Griggs Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 95 Devin Baldwin Fr
DL 96 Willington Previlon Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 97 Mike Tverdov Redshirt.svg So
DL 98 Robin Jutwreten Redshirt.svg Fr
DL 99 Malachi Burby Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 16 Zach Feagles Jr
LS 46 Brendan Shank Jr
LS 47 Billy Taylor Jr
LS 56 Donato Crisanti Fr
LS 62 Matthew Sportelli Redshirt.svg Jr
P 91 David Broncati Fr
P 94 Adam Korsak Redshirt.svg Jr
K 95 Justin Davidovicz Jr
K 96 Guy Fava Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Andy Buh (Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers)
  • John McNulty (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
  • Vince Okruch (Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers)
  • Noah Joseph (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)
  • Corey Brown (Defensive Line)
  • Nunzio Campanile (Tight Ends)
  • Lester Erb (Wide Receivers)
  • Peter Rossomando (Offensive Line)
  • Kolby Smith (Running Backs)
  • Jay Valai (Cornerbacks)
  • Kenny Parker (Head Strength and Conditioning)
  • Andrew DiRienzo (Offensive Assistant)
  • Ross Douglas (Defensive Assistant)
  • Myles Nash (Defensive Assistant)
  • John Weiss (Offensive Assistant)

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

Roster
Last update: September 20, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deren, Bobby (January 21, 2019). "Andy Buh officially named Rutgers' new defensive coordinator". 247Sports.com.
  2. ^ "Henry Baker Returns to Rutgers Football Staff". ScarletKnights.com. Rutgers University Athletics. December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Lesmerises, Doug (July 18, 2019). "Michigan named Big Ten football favorite in cleveland.com 2019 preseason poll". Cleveland.com.
  4. ^ "2019 Rutgers Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved February 1, 2019.