PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The return of Aaron Young is important for the Rutgers football team, giving what head coach Greg Schiano considers some important veteran leadership to the offense.
Young was limited to four games last year after he was injured in 2021 during the Gator Bowl. He made his debut against Indiana and finished with 11 carries for 38 yards on the season.
As the elder statesman of the running backs room, Young is certainly a proven commodity who should provide some balance on offense. He is a good, committed blocker and is very capable as a pass-receiving threat out of the backfield.
On Saturday, Schiano talked of the importance of Young and what his return to health means for the Scarlet Knights.
“He’s getting back to his old self. Yeah, he’s done some good things. He’s a valuable player because he’s gotten a lot of Big Ten reps. He’s an experienced player,” Schiano said.
“So he’s going to I think he’s going to fill a lot of different roles as a running back. Third down back, special teams, myriad of those. But it’s good to have grown men.”
Young’s best season at Rutgers came in 2021 when he had 56 carries for 205 yards with five rushing touchdowns. He also had 75 receiving yards on 12 catches along with a touchdown.
Rutgers opens the season on Sunday, Sept. 3 on CBS. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.