Five current Rutgers football players and one former player were among those arrested in connection to an alleged assault and a separate alleged robbery, the Middlesex County Prosecutor and New Brunswick Police Department said on Thursday (Sept. 3).
The current players arrested were Nadir Barnwell, Ruhann Peele, Delon Stephenson, Razohnn Gross, and Andre Boggs. The former player is Tejay Johnson (Sept. 3).
The five current players who were arrested have been suspended, Rutgers AD Julie Hermann announced (Sept. 3).
According to police, Boggs and Johnson are accused of forcing their way into a home and, while armed, robbing a student of approximately $900 and marijuana.
The other players were arrested in connection to an alleged assault that occurred on April 25.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood says he expects to be on the sideline leading his team in its season opener despite an investigation into whether he improperly communicated with a faculty member about the academic status of a player.
Flood said Tuesday that his part in the investigation is complete after he spoke with university officials on Monday.
Rutgers’ office of ethics raised the issue about two weeks ago and initiated an investigation, university officials said last week. The school’s office of general counsel is investigating the severity of the alleged violation.
Three-star CB prospect Tony Butler hopes to visit Rutgers within the next few weeks (Aug. 31).
“I’ll possibly be at Rutgers next week,” Butler said. “It’ll be after my game which is that Saturday. So it’ll be either Saturday, Sunday or Monday (the weekend of Sept. 12).”
Butler, out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio recently released his top-three schools, with Rutgers not among them. However, Butler is open to attending Rutgers.
“No leader right now, at least,” Butler said. “After I visit Arizona State and potentially Rutgers, then that’s where my leader will come in. The leader will be where I commit to.”
The suspension of Chris Laviano means Hayden Rettig will start at quarterback for Rutgers in the season opener on Sept. 5 against Norfolk State. The two have been competing for the top job since the spring. Rettig is a sophomore transfer from LSU who sat out last season. It will be his first time playing in a game since high school.
“Being able to start against Norfolk State – it’s awesome,” Rettig said. “Just have to keep doing what I’m doing, make sure that I’m ready for Norfolk State.”
Head coach Kyle Flood declined to say whether Rettig would remain the starter after the season opener, and declined to say whether Rettig would have won the starting job regardless of Laviano’s suspension.
“I don’t think we want to live in a world of hypotheticals,” Flood said. “We’ve got a very specific situation that happened. You know the reaction to that situation and we’ll just go from there.”
Rutgers football has suspended QB Chris Laviano and WR Leonte Carroo for the first half of their season opener against Norfolk State due to a curfew violation (Schad, Aug. 25).
Laviano has been competing with red shirt sophomore Hayden Rettig for the starting QB position. With the news of this suspension, Rettig is now slated to start the opening game.
Carroo was second in the Big Ten last year with 1,068 receiving yards and is a team captain.
LB Kevin Martinez, P Tim Gleeson and CB Ruhann Peele were also suspended for the first half of the season opener.
Rutgers is investigating football head coach Kyle Flood for possible rules violations. Flood could face a suspension or firing due to impermissible contact he might have made with a faculty member. (Sargeant, Aug. 25).
The focal point of the investigation surrounds an email sent from Flood’s personal account to a faculty member in relation to cornerback Nadir Barnwell, who is reportedly in jeopardy of being deemed academically ineligible this season.
At this time it’s not clear whether Flood could be in violation of an NCAA or Big Ten rule for his alleged actions.