The Rutgers Scarlett Knights received plenty of positive news this Saturday as fullback Sam Bergen was granted a sixth season after a successful appeal. Up until this point, knee injuries had riddled Bergen’s career causing him to miss the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons. Furthermore, he also was forced to sit out the remainder of the 2013 season with an additional injury. Obviously, this unfortunate series of injuries drastically affected his playing days, and the NCAA felt he was willing of an extra season of eligibility.
“I love it here. I love playing football. I love the offseason program, the camaraderie in the locker room. I just love everything about it,” Bergen said in quotes distributed by the school. “I can’t understand why someone would turn that down if they could potentially have one more year of it. Maybe I’m crazy but that’s the way I feel about it. I love Rutgers. The people here are great. It’s a great program. We played against the best competition in the country and if you love football it’s a no-brainer to me. I first started playing football in seventh grade. It’s been a huge part of my life for a while. I’m not ready to put down the helmet just yet.”
Bergen should assume key roles in leading the special teams unit as well as a short-yardage specialist. During his two healthy seasons, Bergen played in 26 games for Rutgers and should see an even larger amount of playing time in 2015.
“There’s definitely a void to be filled at the fullback position and I feel like I can be the guy for us who can step in and hopefully do whatever needs to be done,” he said. “There’s an opportunity there and I’m going to do everything in my power to take advantage of it.”
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