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Rutgers loses Dallas Hendrickson for 2011

4/28/2011

Bad news for a Rutgers offensive line that was seeking any kind of good news this season.

Center Dallas Hendrickson, who was brought in from junior college this winter in an effort to shore up the line, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in Tuesday's scrimmage, head coach Greg Schiano told reporters after Thursday's practice.

Schiano had hoped Hendrickson would fill the hole created by departed senior Howard Barbieri. But Hendrickson had struggled at times this spring as he got used to going up against a nose tackle for the first time.

In his place, the Scarlet Knights will turn to sophomore David Osei, who has opened eyes with a solid spring. Osei was giving Hendrickson a good battle for the starting job anyway.

The Star-Ledger reports that backup guard Art Forst was taking snaps at center in practice Thursday as Rutgers must now identify a second-stringer at the position.

Schiano, whose line allowed an NCAA-worst 61 sacks last season, will have to hope that Osei is the answer and that other pieces of the line come together.