Report: Rutgers suspends safety, moves RB to defense
It took 12 weeks, but Rutgers finally got creative. And it wasn’t necessarily by choice.
According to NJ.com, safety Anthony Cioffi was suspended for a violation of team rules. He’ll miss Saturday’s game against Army.
As a result, the team’s second leading rusher will make a switch to help out the depleted secondary. NJ.com’s Dan Duggan reported that Josh Hicks will rotate in the defensive backfield on Saturday.
Cioffi was Rutgers’ top remaining defensive back with a team-high four interceptions and 40 tackles on the season. The Scarlet Knights already lost starting strong safety Davon Jacobs for the season with an upper body injury.
This wasn’t the first time Hicks switched backfields. The former safety did so last year with the team experiencing a similar depth issue, but he returned to tailback and earned Quick Lane Bowl MVP honors.
Tailback is Rutgers’ deepest position. Without Hicks, Robert Martin and Paul James figure to see an increased workload without the team’s carries leader.
Rutgers was eliminated from bowl eligibility with a loss last week to Nebraska.