Standout linebacker Deion Jennings believes in this Rutgers football team: ‘I feel like it’s our time to take that jump’

Deion Jennings believes that this year can be a foundational one for Rutgers football as the senior linebacker looks to leave his mark on the program.

Appearing on the ‘Good Vibes Podcast’ this week with teammates Robert Longerbeam and Tyreem Powell, a number of topics were touched on by Jennings during the show.

One of the big ones is what this season means for the senior as he looks to be a part of the program’s first winning season since 2014. That was also the last season that Rutgers was bowl eligible and made a bowl game outright.

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“I want to leave a legacy – us going out on the right note going,” Jennings said on the Good Vibes Podcast.

“It’s my it’s my last year so  having a winning season – leaving a positive impact on everybody in this building because I’ve seen highs and lows. So – and I feel like it’s our time to take that jump and do something special.”

Jennings is earning some serious NFL draft buzz following a strong 2022 season where he had 87 tackles and a sack along with six passes defended. He was among the very best linebackers in the Big Ten last season.

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As for Rutgers, this linebackers room, decimated by injuries last year, could be a strength of the team this fall. Jennings and Powell make up a core that welcomed two big pieces back this spring: Mo Toure and Moses Walker.

Both Toure and Walker were injured last spring and missed last season. They returned this spring and earned positive reviews from not just teammates but also head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Joe Harasymiak.


“It’s great, it’s great. I feel like having Moses and Mo back is going to back our room better, it’ll make ‘Reem perform to even a higher level,” Jennings said.

“It’s fun having those guys in the meetings, listening to stuff.”


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Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire