The now-former Rutgers football player charged with involvement in an attempted double-murder plot was a walk-on from a nearby town who took an unusual road to the Scarlet Knights.
Izaia Bullock, 22, was dismissed from the program Tuesday and faces university disciplinary hearings after he was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Rutgers coach Chris Ash declined comment after Tuesday’s practice through a team spokesman. Law enforcement determined Monday that “Bullock initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance,” according to a statement by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop.
The targets were not injured and are not affiliated with Rutgers, a prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.
Bullock charged in attempted double-murder plot
Bullock is the ninth current or former Rutgers football player to be arrested since this summer. Eight players were charged in connection with an alleged credit card fraud scheme in August. Four of those players have already been dismissed from or left the program, while four others remain suspended indefinitely until their legal matters are settled.
Here is a closer look at Bullock’s biography:
* High school: Bullock was a starting defensive player at Linden High. He graduated in 2014, and he had four interceptions in 2013 for a Tigers team that advanced to the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 semifinals, where they fell to eventual sectional champion Ridge.
* Junior college: Bullock attended Middlesex County College, which does not have a football team, from 2014-17. During that time, he also played for Gattaca Football Club, which is a private junior college team not associated with any specific institution. Bullock then walked on at Rutgers in 2017.
* Limited action: Bullock did not appear in any games in 2017 for the Scarlet Knights and played in just one game this fall, Rutgers’ 48-13 loss to Buffalo on Oct. 22. He did not record any statistics in that game.
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