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Monday, November 11, 2013

Re-assessing Rutgers' cornerbacks before playing Cincinnati

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Head coach Kyle Flood said last week he didn't have a solidified depth chart in mind at cornerback, which received several reinforcements within the last few weeks.

That will change later Monday morning when Flood releases his two-deep for Saturday's game against Cincinnati. In the meantime, here's a re-introduction to the usual suspects at corner:

Nadir Barnwell: The true freshman returned to practice last week from a one-game suspension for driving while under the influence. Flood said he would have to earn his first-team reps. Barnwell will likely earn a bulk of the playing time, even if he doesn't start.

 “I know the coaches are going to do what’s best for the program," Barnwell said last week. "What worked last game I’m sure they’re going to try to have it work next game. My biggest thing is to try to earn my back into the rotation as much as I can and add as much as I can to the team.”

Catching up with Rutgers commit, corner Saquan Hampton

Gareef Glashen: The junior appeared steady, albeit relatively unchallenged, against Temple. He disengaged a block on a receiver screen and tackled the ball carrier on one play after a 4-yard gain.

Ruhann Peele: The wide receiver will remain on the opposite side of the ball through late November. A solid showing could convince Flood to keep him there for good.

Delon Stephenson: The true freshman has the physical skills to make an impact. It remains to be seen how he will fair when opponents challenge his technique.

“It’s been a gradual thing from getting my footwork down from playing corner in the spring to then at safety at camp," Stephenson said last week. "The coaches say I’m getting better at everything.

Anthony Cioffi: After dealing with an upper-body injury, Cioffi could see more playing time this week, Flood said earlier. Still, Flood admitted Peele and Stephenson's performance warranted limited Cioffi.

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