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Monday, October 20, 2014

By the numbers: Rutgers' Andre Patton's role finally grows at Ohio State

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By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — Lost in Saturday's 56-17 loss to No. 13 Ohio State was the subtle return of sophomore Andre Patton to a normal diet at wide receiver.

Relegated to Rutgers' run-heavy packages after returning from an upper-body injury that cost him the first four games, Patton played a season-high 36 snaps Saturday, second most at receiver to Leonte Carroo.
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Rutgers linebacker TJ Taylor's learning curve evens out in Big Ten

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — Playing time hasn't come quickly for  TJ Taylor, who's backing up two-year starter Steve Longa, but the former safety is taking solace in instinctively playing like a WILL linebacker.

And the sophomore remains ready in case he's forced into action as the Big Ten season wears on.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rutgers linebacker Steve Longa says he's satisfied with numbers

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By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — The top of Rutgers' defensive stat sheet reads like you'd expect, with usual suspect Steve Longa leading the team in tackles.

But Rutgers' freshman All-America in 2013 is on pace to finish with two-thirds of his 123-tackle total from a year ago and has only 2.5 tackles for loss (two are sacks) midway through the season.
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In half a year, Andrew Turzilli goes from Kansas backup to Big Ten

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By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — When Andrew Turzilli finally decided he would transfer from Kansas, it set in motion a six-month process that eventually landed him into the second-most snaps as Rutgers' No. 2 receiver.

But in mid-April — late by transfer standards — Turzilli a soon-to-be fifth-year senior, was still saddled on the second team of a program that has historically been among the worst in the power conferences.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quotable: Ohio State's Urban Meyer on Greg Schiano, Rutgers defense, more

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By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer held his weekly Big Ten conference call Tuesday to preview Rutgers' game Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Here's part of Meyer's transcript, from his relationship with Greg Schiano to Rutgers' special teams work to game-planning for Kemoko Turay.
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VIDEO: Rutgers' Dorian Miller, Chris Muller could start at Ohio State

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — With center Betim Bujari questionable with a lower-body injury, Rutgers could see a shakeup along its offensive line when it visits No. 13 Ohio State on Saturday.

Head coach Kyle Flood said the finer details of the position add more responsibilities for a potential fill-in, either right guard Chris Muller or backup Derrick Nelson.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Rutgers' Quanzell Lambert plays both end spots against Michigan


By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto
tbarto@trentonian.com

PISCATAWAY — In an effort to stabilize Rutgers' defensive line rotation, rush end Quanzell Lambert has doubled at the traditional end position the last two weeks.

Lambert was part of a three-man rotation at end against Michigan with starter Dwjany Mera and Julian Pinnix-Odrick. Mera (lower body) was listed as probable that week.
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