PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers has lost top cornerback Blessuan Austin for the season with a knee injury.

Coach Chris Ash announced Monday that Austin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the second half of Saturday’s 27-16 loss in Nebraska.

Ash called the injury a blow for the Scarlet Knights (1-3, 0-1 Big Ten). The junior had started in each of his three seasons. He earned honorable mention in the conference’s awards after last season.

Damon Hayes is expected to replace Austin in the lineup.

Ash says Hayes needs to improve and develop, but he’s excited he’ll have the opportunity to start.


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