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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rutgers mailbag: Dre Boggs as returner, Carlton Agudosi, injury report

By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

Welcome to the first game week mail bag of the season, everyone. Last week we talked about season predictions, the since-decided free safety battle and more.

As always, you can tweet in weekly questions @Tyler_Barto or email me at
Dre Boggs isn't listed as a returner on Rutgers' first official two-deep of the season after spending time during training camp returning kicks.

He will, though, likely be featured prominently in Rutgers' secondary. He has shown a knack for making athletic plays on the ball, something Rutgers sorely needs after finishing last season with only eight interceptions.

Boggs is listed as a backup corner, but depth charts can be overridden on game day.
This is in reference to Rutgers' first injury report Sunday, one that lists players as either probable or out with only upper- or lower-body injuries.

The Big Ten doesn't require weekly or specific injury reports like the NFL; it's all up to each school's discretion. Still, it's a deviation from last season, when Rutgers listed specific injuries.

In fairness, Rutgers has generally been very transparent with who has practiced and who hasn't, something reporters can't write about unless Kyle Flood addresses it.
It's impossible to think there won't be moments of rust or cautious play for the newcomer, Josh. Still, with the extra preparation time I'd bank on Justin Goodwin getting extra work in with his position coach and coordinator Joe Rossi.

As for the secondary, it's shown improvement and Flood said Hayden Rettig has provided solid looks with the scout team. But there's really no simulating Mike Leach's offense.

With the same players really and same system,  it's going to come down to Rossi.

Will he put players in the right positions and calls? Will he time pressures correctly? We'll see.

Kurt in Mount Holly asks, "Who's ready and who's not in Rutgers' receiving corps? Can Carlton Agudosi step up?"

Kurt, Flood said Monday that Leonte Carroo will man one half of the field, while a likely combination of Aguodosi, John Tsmis and Andrew Turzilli will line up across.

It's thin on production with Andre Patton (upper body) and Ruhann Peele (upper body) out.

On Agudosi, he flashed during Rutgers' final scrimmage, but Rutgers' staff will likely put him in positions where he's confident. When a player hasn't yet built up on-field results, attitude is the most important thing.

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