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Rutgers Football Program Loses 3 Veteran Players To Transfer

A general view of Rutgers football stadium.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

It's been a tough morning for Rutgers' football program.

The Scarlet Knights learned today that three of the program's veteran players have decided to transfer out.

Right guard and team captain Jonah Jackson, tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart and H-back Max Anthony all took to social media to announce their transfers. had more details on the players and their transfer decisions:

Anthony and Jackson were spotted sitting in the front row for Rutgers' first 2019 team meeting earlier this week in a photo released on Rutgers' official social media accounts, so the departures come as something of a surprise. Jackson was the only full-time starter of the trio, but all three were locker room leaders who played consistent roles on game days.

College football transfers have always existed, but it seems like offseason moves have been taken to a new level this offseason.

The NCAA's "transfer portal" has added a new element to transfer season, too, as we've seen several high-profile players put their names into the portal to weigh transfer options.

Rutgers is coming off a brutal 2018 season in which the Scarlet Knights went 1-11, with their only win coming in the season opener against Texas State.