Rutgers receiver Leonte Carroo returned to practice Thursday, two days after criminal charges against him were dropped, and said he is well aware of how lucky he is to be back on the football field.
Coach Kyle Flood reinstated Carroo on Wednesday, a day after a judge dismissed simple assault charges filed against him when he was accused of attacking a woman he used to date during a fight following a game Sept. 12.
A Piscataway municipal court judge dismissed the charges against Carroo on Tuesday when the woman said she didn’t want to testify against him. That came hours after another judge lifted a temporary restraining order because the woman said she didn’t think it was necessary.
“This was a very serious matter and I don’t take any of this for granted, and I’m just blessed to be back out here,” Carroo said. “After speaking with my family and friends and teammates, I understand that this is a blessing and I am very lucky and fortunate.”
Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo has been reinstated by the football team after assault charges against him were dropped yesterday (Dunleavy, Oct. 7).
Carroo was facing charges after allegedly slamming his ex-girlfriend to the concrete last month.
Last year Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns. This season he leads the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns.
Rutgers released the following statement on Carroo’s return:
Assault charges against Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo have been dropped, Sean O’Leary reported (Oct. 6).
Carroo, who has been suspended by the team, could be eligible to play on Sunday against Michigan State, O’Leary noted.
While the charges have been dropped, Carroo will have to complete six hours of anger management counseling.
Carroo’s arrest was due to allegedly slamming his ex-girlfriend to the concrete last month.
Carroo caught 55 catches for 1,086 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and led the Scarlet Knights with seven catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns so far this year.
He was suspended for the first half of the team’s season-opener against Norfolk State due to a curfew violation.
There was hardly anyone left in the stands as the Rutgers band played the alma mater and the football players gathered in the end zone to celebrate a victory against Kansas on Saturday.
It was a ho-hum game against one of the worst teams in FBS, so it was hard to blame Scarlet Knights fans for being less than fired up about a 27-14 win.
But after all that has gone on with Rutgers football over the last month – the suspended coach, the suspended best offensive player, the six players dismissed after being arrested – anything to lighten the mood around the program was welcome.
“Coming out with a win, it’s a positive for this university,” running back Paul James said.
The game was the first for Rutgers at home since coach Kyle Flood was suspended three games for having impermissible communication with a faculty member about a player’s academic status. Flood has one more game to miss when Rutgers faces No. 2 Michigan State at home in two weeks.
Led by the play of Josh Hicks, the Scarlet Knights rushed for over 300 yards in a 27-14 victory over the visiting Kansas Jayhawks.
Hicks was the primary man out of the backfield for the Knights, leading the way behind the strong play of his offensive line as RU picked up its second win of the season while KU dropped to 0-3. The sophomore from Palmetto, Florida rushed 21 times for 113 yards and two scores, paving the way for the Scarlet Knights to improve to 2-2 overall and pick up their first victory of the season in Big Ten play.
The home squad never trailed in the game, and took a late first quarter lead after quarterback Chris Laviano found wideout Carlton Agudosi for a 14-yard score to put Rutgers up 7-0. Laviano would hook up with Matt Flanagan in the second quarter to put RU up two scores, and that play provided the red and white’s defense with enough support.
Kansas back Ke’aun Kinner found the end zone later in the second from two yards out, but the Jayhawks struggled mightily on offense for the remainder of the half. Kinner would score late in the third quarter as well, but Rutgers had given itself enough of a lead to thwart any Jayhawks comeback at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Laviano finished his day completing 18 of 25 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Though he did throw two interceptions, the Glen Head, New York native was solid when he needed to be, receiving help from Hicks and Robert Martin (17 rush, 102 yards) in the process.
The Scarlet Knights have a bye next week, giving them plenty of time to prepare for a showdown with No. 2 Michigan State on Oct. 10 in Piscataway.
Who: Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Kansas Jayhawks
What: The first meeting between the two teams.
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium
Rutgers and Kansas will meet for the first me in the team’s history, but the Scarlet Knights are 6-35-2 all-time against current Big 12 member institutions. Though, 39 of those meetings came against West Virginia when the two schools were members of the Big East Conference.
Rutgers last faced a Big 12 team in 2011 – a 27- 13 victory over Iowa State in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Rutgers is 2-1 heading into today’s game and 0-1 in conference play after dropping their Big Ten opener at Penn State, 28-3.
Fifteen players have made their first career start this season while 19 Scarlet Knights saw their first Division I collegiate action between their season opener against Norfolk State and their win over Washington State.
Despite having six players kicked off the team minutes before the season opener, there was a lot of optimism at Rutgers after beating Norfolk State.
The Scarlet Knights found they had two decent quarterbacks and the schedule seemed to be in their favor.
Washington State was coming off a stunning loss to Portland State. Penn State was upset by Temple and Kansas lost to South Dakota State. There was a chance for a 4-0.
The high hopes were quickly dashed and Rutgers (1-2) heads into its homecoming game against Kansas looking to snap a two-game losing streak in what has turned out to be a messy season.
Star receiver Leonte Carroo was suspended indefinitely after an altercation outside High Point Solutions Stadium following a stunning last-minute loss to Washington State. Coach Kyle Flood was suspended for three games for improperly contacting a teacher over a player’s grade.
Rutgers was outclassed by Penn State and now the Kansas game becomes more important with Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin all on tap next month.
“We really need a win,” defensive back Anthony Cioffi said. “We didn’t take care of business, so that’s what we’re taking care of.”