Rutgers will have a bit of a new look in the secondary as some players will be moving positions as injuries have impacted the unit as a whole.
To add some depth at the safety position, redshirt sophomore Jawuan Harris has been moved over from wide receiver.
“We are going to see if he can help us there,” head coach Chris Ash said of Harris today. “Obviously, we have some depth issues in the secondary and Jawuan is an individual who has the talent and ability to potentially help us if needed at that position.”
The secondary is reeling from injury issues as Blessuan Austin has been lost for the year with a torn ACL while redshirt junior safety Saquan Hampton continues to be sidelined.
“We are not sure yet the length of his injury,” Ash said of Hampton. “But he will be out definitely for a few weeks, if not the whole season.”
On a more positive note, starting strong safety Kiy Hester will return after missing the second half of the Ohio State game.
On the offensive side of the football, Ash confirmed that Janarion Grant has been medically cleared and will play this week.
Meanwhile, starting offensive lineman Jonah Jackson will continue to be sidelined.
“Not sure yet how long he will be out,” Ash said of Jackson. “It is probably a minimum of two to three weeks, it could be longer. It could be four to five. It depends on the healing process.”
Jackson has started at both center and guard this season. In his absence, redshirt freshman Mike Maietti will start at center and Marcus Appelfield will continue to start at right guard.