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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Corner injuries prompt Rutgers' Justin Goodwin's position change

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Deteriorating depth at cornerback has prompted another player from offense to move to the secondary.

Running back Justin Goodwin was the latest victim. The sophomore spoke with head coach Kyle Flood and moved sides of the ball during Wednesday's practice.

"At first I was kind of surprised," Goodwin said, "but whatever he needs me to do to help the team out I'm willing to do."

Freshman Andre Boggs is out "for a little bit," Flood said after Boggs earned high marks early in training camp. Nadir Barnwell (ankle) should be ready for the team's Aug. 28 season opener.

Last year's corner substitute, Ruhann Peele (upper body) is doubtful.

"I liked what I saw, but I didn't watch the whole thing," Flood said of Goodwin, who's move isn't yet permanent. "We'll go back and look at the film. We'll coach him, see how much better he gets over the next couple of days."

Flood didn't rule out playing Goodwin, who rushed 111 times last year, as a last-minute addition on offense on game days.

"He's certainly not going to forget what he's learned on offense," Flood said.

NOTES: Flood said freshman defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins is up around 300 pounds but expects him to drop some weight. He is a full practice participant. ... Leonte Carroo (28 catches last year) had another scheduled day off. "A day like this is a good day to hold him back," Flood said. ... 

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