Here’s what Florida State transfer DT Malcolm Ray adds to Rutgers football’s defense


PISCATAWAY – With so many defensive players returning for next season, Rutgers football doesn’t have many holes to fill or position battles to sort through.

But the Scarlet Knights do have to replace two starters on the defensive line.

Enter Malcolm Ray, who’s in the mix to help fill one of those spots.

Ray transferred to Rutgers after spending five seasons at Florida State, where he played in 43 games and made seven starts, piling up 60 tackles (10 for loss) with 3½ sacks.

Bur Ray, a Miami native, found a new home with the Scarlet Knights.

Oct 8, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) is sacked by Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Malcolm Ray (99) during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

He’s confident it was a perfect fit.

“For one, I was just looking for an opportunity,” Ray said following Rutgers’ third spring practice. “And then two, watching the film as I was being recruited, it’s so similar to Florida State. So it was like, how can I not? If it’s similar to that, then I can come over here and do what I do best, play ball and be around players that will help me get that.”

Defensive line has been a strength for Rutgers in recent seasons as the Scarlet Knights have built up quality depth at the position – important since they rotate players in and out throughout games to keep players fresh.

Rutgers returns defensive ends Aaron Lewis and Wesley Bailey, but defensive tackles Mayan Ahanotu and Isaiah Iton graduated. The Scarlet Knights have options to replace them, including Ray, Kyonte Hamilton, Rene Konga and Zaire Angoy, among others.

But in Ray, Rutgers found an experienced player who’s been productive at a high level with the Seminoles.

Ray last season played in all of Florida State’s 14…

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