Rutgers' Desmon Peoples inherits bigger role as injuries decimate running back
|Dwindling numbers at running back have coerced Desmon Peoples's progression this spring. (AP file photo)|
Another one bites the dust.
Rutgers' injury report, released Tuesday, lists Justin Goodwin as out with a lower-body injury after he left Saturday's scrimmage prematurely.
It leaves Desmon Peoples as the only scholarship running back on Rutgers' roster this spring that has any game experience.
Goodwin managed only four carries for 17 yards Saturday before leaving. Peoples was the main beneficiary with the first-team offense, finishing with seven carries for 51 yards, including a 38-yarder.
Complete stats from Rutgers' first scrimmage
Paul James and Savon Huggins are limited and out, respectively, with shoulder injuries. They are head coach Kyle Flood's most trusted pass blockers.
It is a criteria Flood covets.
"One-dimensional players, they become novelty pieces," he said. "We need guys who are complete players, and (Peoples is) starting to look more and more like a complete player every day."