Rutgers Football has Strong South Jersey Flavor

Rutgers Football has Strong South Jersey Flavor
The Big 10, after announcing it wouldn’t play football this fall, reversed course, which means that Rutgers will be in action beginning with its Oct. 24 opener at Michigan State.
 
This is a new era of Rutgers football, with Greg Schiano beginning his second string guiding the Scarlet Knights. 
 
Schiano coached Rutgers for 11 seasons, turning the program around. He guided Rutgers to bowl games in six of his last seven years. 
 
After the 2011 season he left Rutgers for the NFL, becoming head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he lasted just two seasons. 
 
Now he is back at Rutgers and will have several South Jersey players at his disposal. In addition, he also hired Fran Brown a former star at Camden, as its secondary coach. Brown came from Temple, where he was the assistant defensive coordinator/secondary coach. 
 
Leading the South Jersey players on Rutgers is Isaiah Pacheco, a Vineland graduate who was the Scarlet Knights leading rusher last season after being an explosive quarterback in high school. Last season he rushed for 729 yards (4.3 avg.) and 7 TDs. In his two seasons he has rushed for 1,280 yards (4.6 avg.) and 10 TDs. 
 
Bo Melton (Cedar Creek) is a playmaker who started all 12 games last season and had 30 receptions for 427 yards and two touchdowns. He has appeared in 36 career games with 62 receptions for 755 yards and 2 TDs. 
 
Daevon Robinson (Shawnee) appeared in 11 games last season making two starts. Last season he had six receptions for 73 yards. 
 
Nihym Anderson, who originally committed to Maryland, redshirted for Rutgers in 2018. He appeared in four games that season, the maximum number allowed to still redshirt and four games last season and four games this past season. As a senior at Vineland he had 64 tackles and seven sacks.
 
Deion Jennings (Timber Creek) is a redshirt sophomore linebacker who has three starts and appeared in 12 games last season. He had 38 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception. 
 
Tyreek Maddox-Williams (Timber Creek) is a redshirt senior linebacker who made eight starts last season and appeared in all 12 games. He had 45 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
 
Linebacker Mohamed Toure (Pleasantville) redshirted last season as a freshman and was able to play in two games. 
 
Cornerback Donald Williams, a redshirt freshman from Camden, played in three games last season making him eligible for a redshirt. 
 
Redshirt junior receiver Everett Wormley has appeared in 23 career games for the Scarlet Knights. 
 
Here is the list of the players from the seven-county South Jersey area on Rutgers’ roster.
 
Rutgers players from 7-county South Jersey area:
Nihym Anderson R-So. LB. (Vineland)
Owen Boles R-Jr. OL (Cedar Creek)
Amir Byrd R-So. DB (Lenape)
Ryan Cassidy R-Jr. TE (Lenape)
Liam Flite R-So. OL (Highland)
Deion Jennings R-So. LB (Timber Creek)
Naijee Jones R-Jr. DB (Timber Creek)
Stanley King R-Fr. WR (Woodrow Wilson)
Tyreek Maddox-Williams R-Sr. LB (Timber Creek)
Bo Melton Sr. WR (Cedar Creek)
Isaiah Pacheco Jr. RB (Vineland)
Daevon Robinson Jr. WR (Shawnee)
Mohamed Toure R-Fr. LB (Pleasantville) 
Donald Williams R-Fr DB (Camden)
Everett Wormley R-Jr. WR (Burlington Township)
 
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