Mike Teel’s triumphant return to Rutgers comes with a twist. The former quarterback great, whose list of Rutgers accomplishments includes bowl wins, team records and a short NFL career, will not coach his former position.
Teel formally became a Rutgers graduate assistant Monday morning, and will replace Matt Simon as wide receivers coach. Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen has direct supervision over the quarterback position, which leaves a need at receiver.
Teel has no coaching experience with wide receivers, but has a strong knowledge of the position and playing experience with names like Kenny Britt, Tiquan Underwood, Tim Brown, Shawn Tucker, Deion Branch and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Teel coached quarterbacks for two years at Kean. He spent time in the corporate world at UBS before returning to coaching this year.
Though he cannot recruit off campus, Teel has strong recruiting ties in North Jersey after a stellar high school career at Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep – the same school as senior quarterback Gary Nova.
Teel will play a hands-on coaching role with fellow Bosco graduate Leonte Carroo at wide receiver.
The final graduate assistant spot goes to Michael Zuckerman, who worked in player development during the 2013 season. Zuckerman attended New Rochelle High School, which has been kind to Rutgers with names like Ray Rice and Courtney Greene. He went to Miami before graduating and joining the Rutgers program.
Zuckerman will assist coordinator Bob Fraser on special teams, with graduate assistant Sam Williams moving to a role with the defense.