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Hunt could start at safety for Rutgers with Stephenson iffy, Aiken suspended for half

Tulane running back Sherman Badie (3) is tackled by Rutgers defenders L.J. Liston, Jonathan Aiken and others short of the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Tulane 31-6. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Tulane running back Sherman Badie (3) is tackled by Rutgers defenders L.J. Liston, Jonathan Aiken and others short of the end zone during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Tulane 31-6. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)  (The Associated Press)

An injury and a targeting penalty might give Rutgers redshirt freshman safety Andre Hunt his first start.

Hunt will get a lot of work in practice this week as the Scarlet Knights (4-1, 0-1) prepare for their Big Ten Conference game against reeling Michigan (2-3, 0-1) on Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

The Eagan, Minnesota resident was pushed into the spotlight in the third quarter of Rutgers' win over Tulane when backup safety Johnathan Aiken was flagged for a targeting penalty and disqualified. It meant he missed the rest of the game and will miss the first half this week.

With starter Delon Stephenson battling a lower body injury, Hunt, a walk-on, could start.

Hunt says now that he's gotten his feet wet, he feels like he'll be ready.