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2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
2016 record2–10 (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coachChris Ash (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorDrew Mehringer (1st season)
Offensive schemePower spread
Defensive coordinatorJay Niemann (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple
CaptainChris Muller (5th year)
CaptainDerrick Nelson (5th year)
CaptainDarius Hamilton (5th year)
CaptainJulian Pinnix-Odrick (5th year)
Home stadiumHigh Point Solutions Stadium
(Capacity: 52,454)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 Big Ten football standings 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.

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).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 32:00 PMat No. 14 Washington*P12NL 13–4858,460
September 1012:00 PMHoward*BTNW 52–1445,245
September 1712:00 PMNew Mexico*
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
ESPNewsW 37–2839,680
September 2412:00 PMIowa
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
ESPN2L 7–1444,061
October 112:00 PMat No. 2 Ohio StateBTNL 0–58105,830
October 87:00 PMNo. 4 Michigan
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
ESPN2L 0–7853,292
October 1512:00 PMIllinoisdagger
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
ESPNewsL 7–2442,640
October 2212:00 PMat MinnesotaESPNUL 32–3446,096
November 512:00 PMIndiana
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 27–3337,345
November 1212:00 PMat Michigan StateBTNL 0–4973,701
November 198:00 PMNo. 9 Penn State
  • High Point Solutions Stadium
  • Piscataway, NJ
BTNL 0–3951,366
November 2612:00 PMat MarylandESPNewsL 13–3130,220
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • 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




Penn State piled up 39 points despite the game taking place during an ice storm and limited Rutgers to 87 yards, 5 first downs, and 1-14 third down conversions, managing only 1 yard in the entire second half.

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

Roster
Last update: November 23, 2016

Awards and honorsEdit

Weekly

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Janarion Grant Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week September 5, 2016 [8]

All-Conference

All-Big Ten
Player Selection Ref.
Tariq Cole Honorable Mention (Coaches) [9]
Blessuan Austin Honorable Mention (Media) [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Big Ten Conference Announces 2016-2017 Football Schedules" (Press release). Rutgers University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. http://www.scarletknights.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071113aab.html. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  2. "2016 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football Schedule". FB Schedules. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-16/2016-rutgers-scarlet-knights-football-schedule.php. Retrieved December 1, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Postgame Notes: #4 Michigan 78, Rutgers 0". MGoBlue.com (CBS Interactive). October 8, 2016. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/100816aaa.html. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  4. "Ground Attack, Defensive Blanket Key U-M's Shutout Win". MGoBlue.com (CBS Interactive). October 8, 2016. http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/100816aac.html. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  5. "Michigan-Rutgers Box Score". ESPN.com. ESPN. October 8, 2016. http://www.espn.com/college-football/boxscore?gameId=400869636. 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. http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/stunning-stats-from-michigans-78-0-destruction-of-rutgers-100816. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  8. "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 12, 2016. http://www.bigten.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091216aaa.html. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  9. "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners". www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big10/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/16fbawardwinners.pdf. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  10. "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners". www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big10/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2016-17/misc_non_event/FBTuesAllB1G.pdf. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
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