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Rutgers dismisses TE/DE Michael Larrow; three others out

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of Michael Larrow on Monday. (USATSI)
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood announced the dismissal of Michael Larrow on Monday. (USATSI)

Rutgers announced several roster changes on Monday, including the dismissal of fifth-year senior Michael Larrow.

Larrow joined the Scarlet Knights as a defensive end, starting the first five games of the 2011 season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. The Union, N.J., native was then suspended for the first four games of 2012 for a violation of team policy. He appeared in just three games all season.

Larrow's move to tight end began during the bowl practices in 2012. The Scarlet Knights have a need at that position with the departure of 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end D.C. Jefferson getting drafted by the Arizona Cardinals last month. Larrow spent spring practice working on his blocking and route running, but the off-field issues were apparently too much for Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood.

"We dismissed him from the team for disciplinary reasons," Flood told Newark's Star-Ledger.

Flood said Larrow was formally dismissed from the team on May 6, but the move was announced Monday along with updates for three other Scarlet Knights.

Reserve offensive lineman Matt McBride missed spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery. He graduated this month and has one year of eligibility remaining, but Flood announced he is no longer a member of the roster. According to the Scarlet Knights' head coach, McBride has yet to decide whether he wants to play a fifth year at another school.

Offensive lineman Jorge Vicioso and punter Anthony DiPaula are also no longer a part of the team. DiPaula struggled to take control of the punting job this spring and was expected to fall behind Utah transfer Nick Marsh when he arrives on campus this summer. Both players will have the option to transfer.

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