One of the bright spots for Rutgers over the last couple seasons, safety Kiy Hester, announced he will be leaving the school. The defensive standout cited personal and family reasons for his departure as he explained his time at Rutgers “has come to an end.”
The safety was named honorable mention All-Big Ten for his impressive 2017 season. Hester ranked third in the Big Ten for passes defended per game (1.2), and tied the team lead for pass breakups (10) and interceptions (3), two of which he returned for touchdowns.
Been through it all with my right hand man right here, memories that will last forever, I already know you gone continue to be great! Brother for life✊🏽💯 pic.twitter.com/ywy9lwDMHo— Saquan Hampton (@TDC_9) December 22, 2017
Kiy Hester’s future remains unclear, as he told NJ Advanced Media “I’m definitely still going to play ball, but I’m taking care of my body and focusing on graduating”. Before football comes into play, the redshirt junior will be graduating as a Rutgers student.
Transfers and commitment losses are always an unfortunate and uncalculated part of the college game. With records shifting, coaches retiring, and young athletes making large decisions, these changes are cruel but common.
With a defense that was able to hold Saquon Barkley to a season-low 35 yards rushing, it is clear that this part of the team holds a large amount of importance. It is losses like this that will leave coach Chris Ash picking up the pieces this off season. The Rutgers secondary saw an unfortunate amount of injuries last season, which crippled what was supposed to be a strong year for the group. With Saquan Hampton and Blessuan Austin making their recoveries, the rebound for this defensive group should still be possible.
Whatever is in store for Kiy Hester’s future should be bright, as his resume Rutgers resume is more than strong.
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