Rutgers Football Player Transferring Over School’s COVID Vaccine Mandate

Piscataway, NJ - March 29, 2018: Bold "RUTGERS" logo on the wall at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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A member of the Rutgers football program is looking to move on after the university announced it would require the COVID-19 vaccine for all students.

Defensive back Peyton Powell, a former four-star recruit, announced on social media that he has “no other choice” after the university’s vaccine mandate so he has entered the transfer portal.

“The University of Rutgers has made the COVID vaccine mandatory to attend school and play football,” Powell said on social media. “Therefore I have no other choice but to enter my name into the transfer portal.”

Powell transferred to Rutgers from Baylor University following his freshman season. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive back did not see any game action during his one year with the Scarlett Knights.

Rutgers, meanwhile, will keep its focus on the upcoming 2021 campaign which officially kicks off on Thursday, September 2 at home against Temple.

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