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Monday, April 7, 2014

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)

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

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.

"I'm not really concerned," Peoples said. "I'm still going to come out here and give it my all. I'm not really worried about any injuries. I'm just going to play my game."

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."

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