True freshman Nadir Barnwell, Rutgers’ starting defensive back for the previous four games, has been suspended for the Scarlet Knights’ upcoming game against Temple. He was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) and careless driving by campus police.
The Star-Ledger reported Barnwell’s specific transgressions after team officials vaguely announced his suspension due to, “violation of team rules.”
Barnwell was charged by Rutgers University Police just hours after the team’s 49-14 Homecoming loss to Houston.
Coach Kyle Flood was terse when discussing the length of Barnwell’s suspension.
“My plans are for it to be for this week, but it’s not finalized yet,” Flood said.
The suspension is a major blow to Rutgers’ depleted defensive backfield. Barnwell will be the third cornerback missing the Temple game. Starting cornerback Lew Toler is out for the season with a broken arm, and part-time starter Ian Thomas quit the team to focus on baseball.
The Scarlet Knights will have only four cornerbacks available against the Owls, three of which are freshmen.