Freshman linebacker Jonathan Pollock announced he will transfer from Rutgers, in a story from NJ.com. A former three-star recruit, Pollock initially stayed with the program through a coaching change when new head coach Chris Ash was hired, but he will now be exploring other options.
Originally from Orlando, Florida, where Pollock will transfer to is a current mystery. According to his father: “He loves Rutgers. He loves Chris (Ash). He loves his teammates. He’s going to miss them. He was committed there for a year and a half and he loved his time there. It just didn’t work out.”
The program saw their first semblance of extended success under head coach Greg Schiano from 2001-2011. Then from 2012-2015 head coach Kyle Flood went 24-16, before turning the reins over Chris Ash for 2016, the former offensive coordinator at Ohio State.
In Flood’s final year, prior to his ousting, the Scarlet Knights went just 4-8, grabbing a single win in the Big Ten. There was also the program’s black eye of an incident in September when players were arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery. The combination of the poor performance on the field, along with the disasters off the field, led to both Flood and the athletic director being shown the door.
Under Ash, the program will look to recover from a season in which they were trampled by the likes of Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, making them the conference’s cellar-dwellers.