Rutgers moves second-leading rusher to cornerback

Rutgers moves second-leading rusher to cornerback
August 14, 2014, 9:00 am
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Vinnie Duber

Rutgers was not very good at stopping the pass last season. Only three teams in the entire country allowed more passing yards per game than the Scarlet Knights, and they were one of only two teams to allow more than 4,000 pass yards.

And while the hope was that a young secondary could improve this season, injuries mean head coach Kyle Flood has had to get creative. He'll see how much improvement his secondary can get from the addition of a running back.

Yes, Flood moved running back Justin Goodwin to cornerback Wednesday, hoping to plug a hole after an injury to defensive back Dre Boggs. Goodwin was Rutgers' second-leading rusher a season ago, rushing for 521 yards. Now he's moving back to a position he hasn't played since high school.

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Not only will Goodwin play cornerback through this weekend's scrimmage, Flood said, but the head coach hasn't ruled out Goodwin going back to running back or playing both ways this season.

This all doesn't mean that Goodwin will start at cornerback for the Knights, who have a long list of contenders, even if they are inexperienced. Boggs looked like he could have been a starter before his injury, but there are plenty of other actual cornerbacks also in the race for a starting spot.