Rutgers starting kicker enters transfer gate

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Rutgers saw their starting kicker in each of the past two seasons enter the transfer portal this weekend.

Valentino Ambrosio, who played 18 games over the past two seasons for the Scarlet Knights, has announced his intention to leave the program in a social media post Saturday evening.

“I want to thank (Head) Coach (Greg) Schiano for everything he has done for me and continues to do for me,” Ambrosio wrote.

Ambrosio began his college career as a football player at Fairleigh-Dickinson and Rutgers before joining the football team in 2020, Schiano’s first season at the helm. He went 21 of 27 field goal attempts and 45 of 47 on PAT in his 18 subsequent appearances for the Scarlet Knights.

Some of his kicks were crucial, like a 39-yard field goal in the final seconds of regulation and a 42-yard field goal in overtime to lead Rutgers to a win over Maryland in 2020. Others were killers; Ambrosio missed a potentially game-winning kick in a triple-overtime loss to Michigan in 2020.

As it stands, Guy Fava is the most experienced player in the room. The Don Bosco Prep product has kicked three games for the Scarlet Knights over the past two seasons, converting all six PATs and two field goals he has attempted in that span.

Popular South Brunswick native Jai Patel joins the venue this season; he is expected to join the team during training camp. And if the Scarlet Knights feel like they need to find someone else to kick them, there’s always the transfer portal.

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Brian Fonseca can be reached at [email protected].

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