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  01/15/21 - Patrice RenerSr/2022, Rutgers, 6-2, 205 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Rutgers has added some help to its back seven. North Carolina defensive back graduate transfer Patrice Rene committed to the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday night, NJ Advance Media's Todderick Hunt confirmed. Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel first reported the news. Rene featured in 44 games at cornerback across five seasons with North Carolina. A former four-star recruit out of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, the Canada native suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2019 after just two games for which he received a medical redshirt. He played in nine games in the 2020 season, collecting 28 tackles (two for loss), defended four passes and forced one fumble. In his career, Rene has 103 tackles (four for loss), two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. - Star Ledger

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Patrice ReneRutgers
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  01/05/21 - Bo MeltonrSr/2022, Rutgers, 5-11, 190 (DS#58 WR) + More +

  Melton opted to take advantage of the free-year-of-eligibility waiver granted to all fall athletes by the NCAA, and will be poised to become one of the Big Ten's premier play-makers in 2021. The Mays Landing native ranked among the Big Ten's top-5 in receptions (4th, 47), receiving yards (3rd, 638) and receiving touchdowns (4th, 6) in nine game this past fall. - Star Ledger

(DS#58 WR) rSr/2022 WR Bo MeltonRutgers
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  01/02/21 - Bo MeltonrSr/2022, Rutgers, 5-11, 190 (DS#58 WR) + More +

  Two Rutgers players - defensive back Brendon White and defensive tackle Michael Dwumfour - have declared for the NFL Draft since the end of the season. While wide receiver Bo Melton, defensive tackle Julius Turner and linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi all announced their intentions to return for 2021, a few other Scarlet Knights with potential NFL futures haven't made their plans public, including defensive end Elorm Lumor, running back Isaih Pacheco and cornerback Tre Avery. - Star Ledger

(DS#58 WR) rSr/2022 WR Bo MeltonRutgers
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  12/27/20 - David NwaogwugwurSo/2023, Rutgers, 6-5, 310 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Rutgers added another second Temple transfer to the trenches in less than a week. Temple offensive line transfer David Nwaogwugwu announced his decision to join the Scarlet Knights on Twitter on Thursday. Nwaogwugwu, listed at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds, signed with the Owls in the 2018 class as a defensive lineman, before switching to the offensive side of the ball once he got to Philadelphia. The Bronx, New York, native redshirted the 2018 season, then played in six games in 2019 and four games in 2020, including his first career start. - Star Ledger

(DS#999 OT) rSo/2023 OT David NwaogwugwuRutgers
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  12/23/20 - Olakunle FatukasirSr/2022, Rutgers, 6-1, 234 (DS#13 ILB) + More +

  Olakunle Fatukasi announced Sunday he plans to return to Rutgers for the 2021 season, passing up the opportunity to enter the NFL Draft following a season in which he became the only Big Ten player to crack the 100-tackle plateau. Fatukasi, whose 101 tackles ranked 7th in the season, is the first Rutgers player to take advantage of the rule implemented earlier this fall by the NCAA that allows all fall-sports athletes to take an extra year of eligibility that won't count against a team's scholarship limit in 2021-22. Fatukasi played in 12 games as true freshman in 2017, 11 in 2018, 12 in 2019 and all nine this season. Fatukasi, who has an older brother (Foley Fatukasi) on the Jets and a younger brother (Tunde) on the Scarlet Knights, figures to be a leading candidate for the Butkus Award heading into the 2021 season. - Star Ledger

(DS#13 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Olakunle FatukasiRutgers
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  12/23/20 - Brendon WhiteSr/2021, Rutgers, 6-2, 220 (DS#15 SS) + More +

  Brendon White said he had unfinished business when he decided to transfer to Rutgers after spending the previous three years at Ohio State. "I just want to get out there and show the world not only what I'm about but what this new Rutgers program is going to be about,'' he told NJ Advance Media in July. White accomplished that when he was on the field during an injury-plagued season, recording 40 tackles, an interception, two pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in five games.

On Sunday, two days after the Scarlet Knights lost to Nebraska in their season finale, White announced he is turning pro. "After many thoughts and prayers with family and friends," he wrote, "I am officially announcing that I will be declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft." A 6-foor-2, 220-pound safety from Powell, Ohio, White will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, William White, who was an 11-year standout in the NFL for Detroit, Kansas City and Atlanta. - Star Ledger


(DS#15 SS) Sr/2021 SS Brendon WhiteRutgers
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  12/21/20 - Ifeanyi MaijehrJr/2022, Rutgers, 6-2, 285 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Rutgers added some experienced help along the defensive line on Friday. The Scarlet Knights landed Temple grad defensive tackle Ifeanyi Maijeh, he announced on Twitter. He has two more years of eligibility and will be immediately eligible to play in the 2021 season. Rutgers defensive backs coach Fran Brown and defensive line coach Jim Panagos coached at Temple during his freshman year, and served as ties to the team. Maijeh is also a cousin of Rutgers linebacker and the Big Ten's leading tackler, Olakunle Fatukasi.

Maijeh, a former three-star prospect out of Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep, was a first-team All-AAC selection after a strong sophomore season in 2019 in which he had 10 tackles for loss, including 6.5 sacks. He entered the 2020 season with many preseason accolades, including the Bednarik Award (nation's best defender), Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player) and Outland Trophy (nation's best interior lineman watch lists, but struggled to repeat his previous success, finishing the coronavirus-shortened season with half a tackle for loss and zero sacks in seven games. - Star Ledger


(DS#999 DT) rJr/2022 DT Ifeanyi MaijehRutgers
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  12/20/20 - Aron CruickshankrJr/2022, Rutgers, 5-09, 160 (DS#64 WR) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Return Specialist Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers,...Cruickshank leads the Scarlet Knights with 832 all-purpose yards (573 kickoff return, 233 receiving, 26 rushing) in 2020. He hauled in his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a fourth down to help tie the game with 27 second remaining and force overtime versus Michigan. - Rutgers Football

(DS#64 WR) rJr/2022 WR Aron CruickshankRutgers
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  12/20/20 - Adam KorsakrSr/2021, Rutgers, 6-1, 185 (DS#13 P) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Punter Adam Korsak, Rutgers,...Korsak earned Second Team All-Big Ten in the media poll and Third Team by the coaches. This marks the third-straight year the Aussie has picked up recognition from both electors, gaining Second Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Third Team by the media in 2019, and honorable mention from both in 2018. Korsak becomes the first Scarlet Knight to collect All-Big Ten recognition in three different years and first Rutgers punter to so regardless of conference. Korsak is averaging 42.9 yards per punt overall on 43 attempts with no touchbacks, owning seven of at least 50 yards with a long of 66 versus Illinois. That includes 21 fair catches and 17 pinned inside the 20. In his career, Korsak only has five touchbacks in 197 attempts (2.5 percent). - Rutgers Football

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  12/20/20 - Brendon WhiteSr/2021, Rutgers, 6-2, 220 (DS#15 SS) + More +

  Brendon White had a limited season for Rutgers, but the safety still had a big impact on the Scarlet Knights. But now White has made a big decision about his future. White, who transferred from Ohio State, announced on social media Sunday that he plans to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. White was limited to five games because of injury. He finished with 40 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups for the Scarlet Knights, who lost to Nebraska 28-21 in their season finale Friday. - Asbury Park Press

(DS#15 SS) Sr/2021 SS Brendon WhiteRutgers
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  12/17/20 - Aron CruickshankrJr/2022, Rutgers, 5-09, 160 (DS#64 WR) + More +

  2020 BIG TEN RODGERS-DWIGHT RETURN SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR: Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers,...Cruickshank ranks first in the Big Ten and sixth nationally with 573 combined kick return yards, and is averaging 23.9 yards per kickoff return on 24 attempts. The includes a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Purdue that sparked a 17-0 scoring run to overcome a 10-point deficit and pull ahead for a road victory. It was the fifth 100-yarder in Rutgers history and first kickoff return touchdown of any length since 2016.

For Cruickshank, it was his third career kickoff return touchdown, as he earned Second Team All-Big Ten from the coaches and media in 2019. Overall, Cruickshank leads the Scarlet Knights with 832 all-purpose yards (573 kickoff return, 233 receiving, 26 rushing) in 2020. He hauled in his first collegiate receiving touchdown on a fourth down to help tie the game with 27 second remaining and force overtime versus Michigan. - Rutgers Football


(DS#64 WR) rJr/2022 WR Aron CruickshankRutgers
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  12/17/20 - Olakunle FatukasirSr/2022, Rutgers, 6-1, 234 (DS#13 ILB) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Olakunle Fatukasi, Rutgers,...One of 16 linebackers on the Butkus Award semifinalist list, Fatukasi is averaging 12.4 tackles per game to lead the nation. The 99 total stops are eighth in the country, with every player above having played at least nine games. The next highest total by a Big Ten player is 77. The 99 also signal the most by a Scarlet Knight through eight games since Brian Sheridan (112) in 1997, as 102 tackles are the program record in a Big Ten season (Trevor Morris, 2017).

Fatukasi set a career high with 17 stops in the games versus Michigan and Penn State, recording double digits in 6-of-8 games. He also owns 11.0 tackles-for-loss, tied most by an RU player in a Big Ten campaign, with 2.5 each versus No. 17 Indiana and Michigan. The 1.4 per game sit second in the conference. Following the season opener at Michigan State, the linebacker earned Bednarik Award National Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after posting 10 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. - Rutgers Football


(DS#13 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Olakunle FatukasiRutgers
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  12/17/20 - Brendon WhiteSr/2021, Rutgers, 6-2, 220 (DS#15 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Brendon White,...Rejoining head coach Greg Schiano, White has started five games at safety for the Scarlet Knights. The Ohio native recovered a fumble, collected an interception and registered five tackles in his Rutgers debut at Michigan State. He posted a career-high 15 tackles and forced a fumble versus Michigan, breaking up two passes in the victory at Purdue. White has 40 tackles overall in 2020. - Rutgers Football

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  12/17/20 - Mike TverdovrJr/2022, Rutgers, 6-4, 254 (DS#46 DE) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Mike Tverdov,...Tverdov most recently notched three sacks in the win at Maryland, becoming the fourth player in program history to reach the mark in a game and the first since 2008. He has eight tackles-for-loss overall on the season, including one for a five-yard loss that forced a three-and-out and proved to be the final offensive play of the game for Purdue. The Union, New Jersey, native set a career high with 10 tackles against Penn State and leads the defensive line with 34 stops on the season. He added a forced fumble versus Illinois and recovered a fumble at No. 3 Ohio State. - Rutgers Football

(DS#46 DE) rJr/2022 DE Mike TverdovRutgers
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  12/17/20 - Christian IzienrSo/2023, Rutgers, 5-10, 198 (DS#19 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Christian Izien,...Izien leads the secondary with 58 tackles, starting all eight games at safety. He recorded his first collegiate interception versus Penn State and added his second the week after at Maryland. The New York native matched his career high with 11 stops against the Nittany Lions, also reaching double digits versus Illinois. Izien posted two breakups against Michigan, adding a fumble recovery in the game, and owns four deflections overall in 2020. - Rutgers Football

(DS#19 SS) rSo/2023 SS Christian IzienRutgers
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