Could Isaih Pacheco become Rutgers’ top RB soon? Practice observations

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Rutgers had its unofficial dress rehearsal of sorts Saturday, holding its only open practice of the summer as part of Fan Appreciation Day at Stadium in Piscataway.

The team practiced and scrimmaged for about two-and-a-half hours with two weeks to go before the season opener against Texas State on Sept. 1.

Here are some quick takeaways from the first substantial 11-on-11 drills open to the media during camp:


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Can true freshman Isaih Pacheco climb atop Rutgers’ running backs depth chart by the end of the season? 

It’s a question worth asking given how impressive the Vineland native has been since arriving on campus in January. Pacheco had seven carries for 37 yards in the scrimmage and showed an ability to hit the corner and make people miss.

Raheem Blackshear will be a major focal point in the scheme no matter what, but he is versatile enough to play all over the field. Jonathan Hilliman is expected to have a big role as well in the backfield, but how long can he hold off Pacheco? If Pacheco keeps this push up, he may be a starter sooner rather than later.


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“He is doing something,” Ash said.

Ash said earlier this summer Pacheco was fourth on the depth chart behind Blackshear, Hilliman and Trey Sneed. How about now?

“Right now, today, I’m not in a position to discuss the two-deep yet,” Ash said. “Again, we’ll meet, we’ll have all those discussions and we’ll get it finalized.

“He is an individual that is going to play for us. Again, how many snaps at running back versus special teams, that’s yet to be determined. He is a young man who continues to get better all the time.”


Three-year starter Tariq Cole did not participate in the scrimmage. Nor did left guard Mike Lonsdorf, who offensive line coach A.J. Blazek said is the main backup at the spot. So when the Scarlet Knights had their first-team offense on the field, true freshman Reggie Sutton was the left tackle. 

Cole is banged up, but expected to be ready for the start of the season. Ash even predicted a week ago he may not be on the field for the scrimmage. So it’s unlikely Sutton will be in the lineup against Texas State. But the injury outlook for Lonsdorf is less clear. If he can’t go, Zack Heeman is the likely replacement at left guard, and Sutton may be the next guy up.


Defensive line depth is a concern for Rutgers, and Duggan, a redshirt freshman tackle, is one of the young players who will be relied upon to step into the rotation and produce. Duggan had a good day and blew up a run play in the backfield during team drills.

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With funding from the University of California Institute for Mexico-US Studies, through a grant (2013-2016) to Dr. Kate O’Neill (University of California, Berkeley) and myself (Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE) from the UCMEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grants program, I am studying potential models of e-waste governance in the United States and Mexico. We built a conceptual framework that explores the possibility of engaging the formal and informal waste sectors. We recently conducted an experts workshop and will be submitting the final grant report in August of 2016. A link to the project summary, and outputs can be found here.

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Birth Announcements: Vega/Ruiz-/- Brown-/- Herrera-/- Pacheco-/- Skinner-/- Ellis: The Prowers Journal

Adrianna Vega and Manny Ruiz of Holly, CO and Syracuse, KS announced the birth of their first child, daughter, Alayah Rose Vega-Ruiz at 2:57 am at Prowers Medical Center on August 29, 2019 with Dr. Foley participating in. Alayah weighed nine pounds and six jounces and was 20 3/4 inches in length at birth. Grandparents: Elisa Vega, Rudy Vega, Martha Ruiz and Alonzo Ruiz.

Haydn and Janeen Brown of Prowers County, CO announced the birth of their daughter, Valkyrie at 8:18 am at Prowers medical Center on August 27, 2019 with Dr. Korkus going to. Valkyrie weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces and was 18 3/4 inches in length at birth. Brothers/Sisters: Zachery and Kirsten Groner; Moyra, Amelie and River Brown. Grandparents: Mrs. Kathleen Brown, Robert and Deborah Sloan and Mr. and Mrs. W. Richard Brown.

Roberto and Shaina Herrera of Lamar, CO announced the birth of their boy, Adrian at 6:12 pm at Prowers Medical Center on August 29, 2019. Adrian weighed 6 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches in length at birth. Brothers/Sisters: Adayr and Adriell Herrera. Grandparents: Roberto and Ana Herrera and Patricia SanMiguel.

Annie Grinstead and Jesus Vigil-Pacheco of Lamar, CO revealed the birth of their child, Ziahh Rose Pacheco on October 27, 2019 with Dr. Herrald attending. Grandparents: Mark Grimstead, Diane Grimstead, Charolette Vigil and Katrina Vigil.

Titiana Baca and Jeremy Skinner of Las Animas, CO announced the birth of their kid, Amari Lee Skinner at 5:38 pm at Prowers Medical Center on October 28,,2019 with Dr. Herrald attending. Amari weighed 8 pounds and three ounces and was 20 inches in length at birth. Brothers/Sisters: Athena and Avery Miller. Grandparents: Brenda and Adam Baca, Adriana Davila and Joseph Skinner.

John and Teri Ellis of Eads, CO revealed the birth of their child, Lexi Renee Ellis at 2:43 pm at Prowers Medical Center on November 3, 2019 with Dr. Herrald going to. Lexi weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces and was 20 inches in length at birth. Grandparents: Lisa Ramirez (deceased), Bobby ramirez of Lamar, Darwin Nelson of Eads and Alice Nelson of Lamar.

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Karla Pacheco and Pere Perez Relaunch Spider-Woman in March

Spider-Woman is getting a new #1 issue again (and we know Marvel loves those), from the creative team of Karla Pacheco and Pere Perez this March. Jessica Drew is bored and gets a new job in this series, presumably ghosting on her old one like Millennials are always doing (according to the internet). Marvel announced the news on their website with a press release:

Whether it’s hunting Skrulls or taking down Hydra, the adventures of Spider-Woman AKA Jessica Drew have made her a favorite of readers for decades, and in March 2020, she’ll be embarking on a brand-new one in SPIDER-WOMAN #1! The enigmatic Avenger has always been as mysterious as she is fearless, and her latest series opens with her not feeling quite herself…

Looking for fresh thrills, Spider-Woman takes on a job that puts her in the crosshairs of an all-new enemy! She soon finds herself caught in a web of intrigue, surrounded by unknown forces bent on her destruction. With danger on all sides and her deadly past coming to haunt her, Spider-Woman is in for an action-packed ride, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

What’s wrong with Jessica? Just how DID she get this job? And who are these violent lunatics who keep trying to blow her up? You’ll have to wait and see!

Said Pacheco of the new series:

I love Spider-Woman, and I’m incredibly excited to share this series with both new and old Jessica Drew fans alike. This is big, can’t-miss, over-the-top action, some very surprising ‘venom blasts from the pasts,’ and also a TON of helicopter explosions. It’s a super fun adventure with a lot of twists and turns… and seriously, so many helicopter explosions. We’re taking Jess bigger and badder than she’s ever been before, and I can’t wait for readers to see what we’ve cooked up.

Spider-Woman #1 hits stores in March. Below, see the cover by Junggeun Yoon.

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