PISCATAWAY – Leonte Carroo is Rutgers’ best-kept secret for the season opener. Outside of his teammates and coaching staff, no one has seen his acrobatic catches, strong hands and pure athletic ability.
Seeing time primarily on special teams as a true freshman, Carroo hasn’t caught a pass in a game. So as Fresno State prepares for Rutgers’ offense, they’re doing so without any film on Carroo.
In turn, Carroo becomes the Scarlet Knights secret weapon.
“I definitely do feel like that and I’m glad that’s happening,” Carroo told SNY.tv. “We got two guys that played a lot of football in our receiving corps in Brandon Coleman and Quron Pratt and they [Fresno] pretty much have no idea what I can do.”
Something Carroo plans on capitalizing on.
“You have to take advantage of it,” Carroo said. “I’m pretty sure they have no idea who I am and that’s fine. I’m just going to do what my coaches have been coaching me to do and execute that to the best of my ability in the game.”
And despite playing on special teams last year, Carroo knows his approach to game day will be different now.
However, after rooming with the now graduated Tim Wright last year, Carroo knows the mindset he has to get himself into on Wednesday night.
“A guy like me who was on special teams, I was not as – I wouldn’t’ want to say laid back. Of course I had a job to do, but me just being on things like kick return, how much responsibilities do you have? You only really are focused on one thing,” Carroo said. “So watching him [Wright] get in his zone and the way he looked at his playbook 100 times before he went to sleep, I know that’s how I’m going to be this year…Just focusing up before the game and then getting out there and letting it all loose come game day.”
Which can’t come soon enough for Carroo.
“It’s a lot of anticipation. I really haven’t played receiver in a game since my senior year of high school, so it’s boiling,” Carroo said. “I’m boiling inside to get out there and just run a route in a game and just show everybody that I can play receiver and I’m just excited to get out there.”
And if all goes as planned – and his impressive training camp carries over to the season – it won’t be long until Fresno State, and the rest of Rutgers’ opponents know who he is.
“[I want to] make sure that by the end of this season, they’re not just doubling Brandon [Coleman],” Carroo said. “They’re doubling me.”