Rutgers football ends season with a whimper, not a bang

Five things we learned as Rutgers football lost at Maryland.

Rutgers football got run off the field on Saturday, losing 37-0 at Maryland. The Scarlet Knights close out the season with five straight losses.

It was a difficult performance to stomach from Rutgers football as the Scarlet Knights were down 17-0 at halftime.

Miscues, mistakes and penalties (six penalties for 68 yards) set the tone for Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights close out the season 4-7 (1-7 Big Ten).

Five things we learned on Saturday as Rutgers football closed out the season at Maryland.

 

Adam Korsak is heading to the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl

Rutgers punter Adam Korsak will play in the Senior Bowl.

For Rutgers football, the 2022 campaign has been full of ups and downs. After starting the season 3-0, they have gone 1-7 in their last eight games. One bright spot through the wins and losses has been  punter Adam Korsak. Earlier this week, Korsak received special recognition.

News broke the day before Thanksgiving that Korsak would be participating in the 2023 Reese’s Senior Bowl. During the 2022 season, Korsak has been one of the best players at his position in college football and a crucial weapon for the Scarlet Knights.

In 11 games this season, the talented punter has 65 punts for 2,855 yards. He is averaging 43.9 yards a punt, and his longest one this season has gone for 77 yards. The ‘Aussie Assassin’ has built on his success from last season, he has added to his accolades.

On November 21, Korsak was named a Ray Guy Award Semi-Finalist. He went 150 punts this season without a touchback and is a two-time punter of the week award winner. With his participation in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, he will get to display his talent on a national level.

While the Bowl isn’t until February, Korsak has something to look forward to beyond the season finale this Saturday against Maryland. It also gives Rutgers fans a date to highlight.

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Former Rutgers football star is praised by Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy: ‘We’re expecting him to continue to be Isiah Pacheco’

Eric Bieniemy praises former Rutgers running back Isiah Pacheco.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco is coming off the best showing of his rookie season. It was a performance against the Los Angeles Chargers that certainly left an impression on the Chiefs coaching staff.

Pacheco showed on Sunday why he was a fan favorite at Rutgers. He also backed up all the buzz he has received this season, including that the seventh-round pick was the steal of this spring’s NFL draft.

He had a career-best 107 yards on 15 carries in a 30-27 win last week at the Chargers. Pacheco is certainly on the ascend. The week before in a home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Pacheco had what was then a career day with 82 rushing yards on 16 carries.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy saw growth and development from the former Rutgers star.

“You know what, I thought he did a great job of allowing the game to come to him. He was patient. He’s just one of those guys – early on he’s not as patient because he just wants to take the ball and go run into something, but you love that about the kid,” Bieniemy told reporters this week.

“But I thought as the game went along, I thought he got in a rhythm. On top of that, our offensive line did an outstanding job. But you know one thing that I’m going to mention to him, and I’ll say it here, is anybody can do something once. It’s about putting consistent behavior on tape. And, so we’re going to need that from him, so he has to continue to evolve, he has to continue to grow but on top of that I know (running backs) coach (Greg Lewis) Lew is going to do an outstanding job with him as he has always done with that entire (running back) group. We’re expecting him to continue to be Isiah Pacheco.”

On the season, Pacheco has run the ball 75 times for 386 yards and a touchdown along with three catches for 13 yards.

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The Chiefs are 8-2 on the season and have won four straight games.

(To keep up with Isiah Pacheco and his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs, make sure to check out Chiefs Wire and follow reporter Charles Goldman on Twitter.)

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Rutgers football offers impressive lineman Vincent Carroll-Jackson

Rutgers football offers Vincent Carroll-Jackson.

Vincent Carroll-Jackson is one of the most impressive linemen in the region. Now after Saturday night, Carroll-Jackson is under the radar no longer.

This weekend, Carroll-Jackson was offered by Rutgers football. It was the first Power Five offer for the class of 2023 standout.

It may not be his last.

A 6–foot-5, 280-pound senior lineman at Central Dauphine East High School (Dauphin, PA), Carroll-Jackson is playing football after taking off several years from the sport. He is lining up as an offensive tackle as well as a defensive end.

Earlier this fall, he earned offers from programs such as Buffalo, UConn, New Hampshire, Ohio and Kent State and several others have come rolling in. Rutgers is his first Power Five offer.

He tweeted about the offer on Saturday, shortly after attending Rutgers loss to No. 11 Penn State:

 

This was a bit of a rebuilding year for Carroll-Jackson and his Panthers as they finished with a 3-7 record.

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Another Big Ten program is showing interest in Caroll-Jackson as he was recently invited to a Wisconsin game this weekend.

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Rutgers football recruiting: Joey Lis commits on Monday night

Rutgers football gets a walk-on commitment from Ramsey’s Joey Lis.

Rutgers football landed another talent this week in Joey Lis. The class of 2023 athlete becomes the latest New Jersey athlete to join this recruiting class.

Lis, a standout at Ramsey High School (Ramsey, N.J.) announced his decision on Monday night to join Rutgers as a Preferred Walk-On (PWO).

A former commit to Navy, Lis joins a developing pipeline of strong talent coming into Rutgers as walk-ons. Last week, Rutgers landed a significant PWO in Ben Rosenblatt.

The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete has 18 total tackles this season. He also has two passes defended.

According to Rivals, Lis is a two-star recruit. In addition to his offers from Navy and Long Island University, he was also fielding Power Five interest from programs such as Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse as well as Rutgers.

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Lis announced his commitment to Rutgers on Monday evening:

 

Rutgers closes out their regular season this week with a game at Maryland.

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Rutgers football recruiting: Offensive lineman Charlie Hoitink gets his first Power Five

Rutgers football offers Charlie Hoitink over the weekend.

Rutgers football sent out an offer this weekend to Charlie Hoitink, an offensive tackle from Wisconsin.

Hoitink is a class of 2025 offensive lineman from Slinger High School (Slinger, WI). He already boasts good size at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds along with an impressive wingspan.

Rutgers is Hoitink’s first Power Five offer. He also holds an offer from UPenn.

Rutgers has been hitting the Midwest relatively hard in recruiting since Greg Schiano returned as head coach. This current recruiting class features players such as Dominic Rivera, an offensive lineman from Ohio.

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Already making an impact on this roster are two true freshman from the Midwest. Kwabena Asamoah, an interior offensive lineman from Ohio, has started the last two games for Rutgers. Rachad Rochelle from Indiana has been utilized by Rutgers as both a wide receiver and a running back.

Rutgers football sets attendance record: ‘Our students today were just off the chain’

Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano talks about the strong turnout for Saturday’s game against No. 11 Penn State.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Adam Korsak wasn’t the only one setting records for Rutgers football on Saturday night.

According to athletic communications, Saturday was the highest attendance in Rutgers program history, bettering the 2014 game against Penn State that had been the standard bearer for the program. An announced crowd of 55,676 watched No. 11 Penn State at Rutgers.

In addition, this game marked three sellouts in a single season. Another best-for Rutgers since the stadium’s expansion in 2009.

And the average attendance at SHI Stadium was another best for Rutgers football. With the loss on Saturday, Rutgers is now 4-7 (1-7 Big Ten).

Rutgers was 2-4 at home on the season. The Scarlet Knights were 1-4 in Big Ten play at home:

“I thought our fans were outstanding this year for Rutgers. I thought that we had tremendous turnout. Our students today were just off the chain. It was excellent,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said

“And I promise them and I promise our fans, we will get there. As long as we don’t do weary of doing good, we will get there. Just can’t grow weary and say, oh, I can’t do it. We can do it. Rutgers can do it. New Jersey can do it. We can do it. We just need to keep plowing ahead. And I promise you that’s what we’ll do.”

Next season’s schedule features seven home games. All three out-of-conference games are at home.

 

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New York linebacker Nick Parisi putting together a solid junior season

Rutgers football is recruiting linebacker Nick Parisi.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers football recruit Nick Parisi is piecing together a nice junior season. His play is backing up the hype as one of the top defensive players in Long Island this season.

Stats haven’t been kept for each Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.) game this season but Parisi has 18 total tackles in the five games where statistics have been registered. Holy Trinity is 8-1 on the season.

Parisi has visited Rutgers multiple times this season as well as visiting Syracuse. The class of 2024 linebacker says that he feels like his season has seen him improve as well as his offseason gains in the weight room as paying off.

“I’ve seen improvements in my game from last season to this season.  I’m much bigger than last season at almost 6-foot-2 (and) 225 (pounds) which has helped tremendously,” Parisi told RutgersWire.  

“This offseason, my main focus will be working on speed along with my normal strength training.  My goal is to get into the 4.65-4.70 range at 235-240 (pounds).”

Parisi is waiting on his first offer, although he did receive one from the Western Illinois football over the summer. The Leathernecks compete in the FCS and are a member of the always-strong Missouri Valley Football Conference.

“My recruitment has been pretty consistent.I have direct contact with about 45-50 coaches and have received a lot of game invitations. With our regular season schedule, it’s tough to make all of the games.I’ve visited Syracuse for their game against Purdue and was invited back for their game against Florida State. I love Syracuse Coach White’s (Tony White, defensive coordinator) 3-3-5 defense,” Parisi said.

“I’ve been to Rutgers for three games this season (Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan).I also had an opportunity to visit Lafayette.Unfortunately, I was not able to visit Penn State, Maryland, Temple, Buffalo and Boston College. I would also like to get to West Point to check out an Army game.I recently had a family friend (Aidan Casuccio) commit there.I was also recently named Top 2024 Linebacker in NY State by Prep RedZone which gave a nice boost to my recruitment.”

Parisi is closely watching Rutgers football and the program’s direction under head coach Greg Schiano. The program is being rebuilt by utilizing local players from New Jersey as well as New York.

A lot of that New York talent is from Long Island.

“I think Rutgers has a really bright future.  The game day experience is amazing. The night games are electric.  You can see them getting better,” Parisi said.  

“I love the way Coach Hetherman (Cory Hetherman) has the linebackers in attack mode all game.  And Gavin Wimsatt is starting to really take control of the offense.   You can see him getting more comfortable.  He has a lot of upside and is an exciting quarterback.  Also…Rutgers is getting a really dynamic playmaker in my Holy Trinity teammate, Dylan Braithwaite and also St Anthony’s Ian Strong.  I feel both will contribute right away.”

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Greg Schiano points to upward trajectory for Rutgers football

Greg Schiano sees his team progressing following a loss to No. 11 Penn State.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — For the first quarter and even into the second quarter, Rutgers football looked like they had the potential to make Saturday’s game against No. 11 Penn State an interesting one. A first-quarter lead and some good play in the first half were quickly erased, however, as turnovers, mistakes and penalties began to mount.

And at the end of the day, the 55-10 result on the scoreboard told the story of a superior Penn State team and a still-rebuilding Rutgers.

However, the story from head coach [autotag]Greg Schiano[/autotag] was different. With his third year at Rutgers nearly complete, Schiano sprinkled in his usual mantras with a sense of an upward trajectory for Rutgers. Twice in the last three weeks, Rutgers has held first-half leads over a ranked opponent.

Last week, they had a chance to beat Michigan State on the road.

In each game during this three week stretch, mistakes, miscues and a disparity in talent began to show itself. Still, Schiano believes things are “100 percent” heading in the right direction.

“I’ve told you, I see so much promise out of these players. And it’s never a linear ascent when you’re building a program, whether it’s an individual or it’s a program itself. It never goes like this,” Schiano said, making an upward motion with his hand.

“There’s always ups and downs. And we’ll just keep going. As long as you don’t turn around and quit, you’re fine. You’ll get there. I have that confidence.”

With the loss, Rutgers is now 4-7 (1-7 Big Ten). The Scarlet Knights have not had a winning season since 2014, although this season showed some promise and development.

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As the third year of Schiano’s rebuild looks likely to end next week at Maryland, it is clear that there is more work to be done – significantly more work that is. A rebuild is always tricky in college football, and digging out of a hole as devastatingly deep as this one will take time.

Factor in that this is one of the two most difficult divisions in college football, and it will take Schiano and this program some time to be competitive.

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Saturday showed the flashes that give despondent and jaded Rutgers fans pause, providing a lining of hope for the future. But it also showed the disparity between the haves in the college football world and where Rutgers currently is in the Big Ten’s pecking order.

“As I said when I took the job, we are chasing a moving target and really we’re chasing moving targets,” Schiano said.

“And just because when the divisions end a year from now, you’re still competing for the same championship. If you ever are here and you’re not competing for the championship, then you probably ought to go find an island somewhere and call it a day. We’ll be competing for the championship. I’m confident of that.

“I said it: We’ll be a better football team and we are a better football team than we were at the beginning of the year. We have had a lot of things go on this year that kind of just get glossed over.”

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Rutgers football wears helmet to honor victims of UVA shooting

Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano talks about the decals to honor the Virginia football players killed last week.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Both Rutgers football and Penn State wore decals honoring the victims of the shooting last week at the University of Virginia.

Three members of the Virginia football team were shot and killed while taking a charter bus back from seeing a play in Washington D.C. Throughout college football, tributes took place on Saturday honoring the lives lost.

Prior to Saturday’s kickoff between No. 11 Penn State at Rutgers, there was a moment of silence to remember the three Virginia football players.

“It’s really sad. Really, really sad that a team, a university, families have to deal with that. It seems so senseless. But certainly the young man who did it has real issues, real problems. I just feel for everybody involved. And it’s sad,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said after the game.

“We did, along with Penn State, had the same decal on our helmets. And as my wife said to me, you know, she showed me a picture of the kids, like any of your kids on your team.

“And I just can’t imagine what they’re going through down there. It’s awful. So our prayers are with them.”

Penn State also wore a tribute helmet. Read all about their decal at Nittany Lions Wire.

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