Rutgers defender enters the NCAA transfer portal

Rutgers defender Jaohne Duggan has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source. Duggan, who entered his junior Redshirt season this year, played in all 12 games, starting with one last year.

The 6-foot-1,295-pounder recorded eight tackles in 2019, including two assisted tackles, and it had to fight for a bigger role this season before the Big Ten postponed their season.

Duggan was the defensive end of the # 66 strong team and # 1,325 player in the 247Sports Composite at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Penn. He redshirted his first season, then played nine games as a redshirt novice and made four tackles.

His first career start was last season when he played the opening line-up against the then number 1. 20 Iowa has two tackles.

The NCAA launched the portal on October 15, 2018, giving athletes the opportunity to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff to transfer. All you need to do is require the compliance to enter their name. It usually takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear when prompted.

Schools are free to contact a player without restriction as soon as his name is displayed on the portal.

While a player putting their name on the transfer portal intends to explore their options, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will leave. A player can withdraw their name at any time. However, schools are not required to keep a player as a scholarship holder after entering the portal.

According to the source, 1,942 FBS players participated in the first portal cycle in the first calendar year of their existence.

Duggan earned his Rutgers offer by excelling at the camp circuit and signing up shortly after receiving that offer. And he went on to have a great senior season at Liberty, earning all-state honors, and recording 76 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks.

However, after ScarletNation.com writer Bobby Deren broke into rotation in his early seasons, he found that Duggan was not a good fit for Scarlet Knight’s new coaches, who preferred taller players in defensive tackles. Rutgers added three transfer defensive tackles, further reducing his margin of error this season.

With the NCAA basically issuing a pass for eligibility this season, Duggan will have two years to play after this year, even if he finds a team to play for in 2020.

Rutgers went 2-10 last season and won the Big Ten game without a win. After four games, the school split from coach Chris Ash. Nunzio Campanile took on the role of interim coach for the last eight games and then stayed on as tight-goal coach when the Scarlet Knights turned back to Greg Schiano as head coach. Schiano had a 68-67 record in his first stint at Rutgers, revolved around a difficult program and won at least eight games in five of his last six seasons.

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