PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers receiver Shawn Tucker is out
indefinitely after breaking his ankle against Howard on Saturday,
the third Scarlet Knights receiver to go down with an injury this year.
Sophomore Tiquan Underwood, who had been rotating with Tucker,
will take his place in the starting lineup Friday night when 23rd-ranked Rutgers opens its Big East season at South Florida.
The Knights lost Marcus Daniels and Keith Taylor for the season
during training camp, and now have a redshirt freshman, a sophomore
and an inexperienced junior as three of their top four receivers.
Rutgers has struggled with its passing game behind quarterback
Mike Teel, as the defense, special teams and running game have
powered a 4-0 start.
The Knights now lose their most experienced receiver in Tucker.
The fifth-year senior caught 32 passes for 484 yards and a
touchdown last season. He had six catches for 88 yards and no
touchdowns this year, and is second on the team in yards per catch
"Tuck's not going to be able to play for a while," coach Greg
Schiano said Monday. "I'm hoping by the end of the season, maybe
the last few games, he can play. I don't know. The doctors say
there is a chance of that, so that's good. It's a big loss. He's
one of our captains and a fifth-year senior."