Inside Look: Rutgers Starting Offense Publisher Sam Hellman stops by to give us an insider's view of the Rutgers offensive starting lineup.

Rutgers Offensive Personnel:
QBs - Chas Dodd and Gary Nova
Dodd began the year as the starter, but struggled in the conference opener at Syracuse and took the bench in favor of Nova. Nova, who Pittsburgh fans are all familiar with after his decommitment last year, led Rutgers back from a 10-point deficit to a road win and first place in the Big East. The two are in a quarterback battle this week that will not be settled until kickoff. Both quarterbacks made a lot of mistakes against Syracuse. Dodd is barely 6-feet tall and Nova makes many freshman mistakes. Whomever gets the starting nod needs his offensive line and receivers to step up.

RB - Jawan Jamison
Jamison began the season as the No. 4 tailback on the roster, but earned more and more playing time after establishing himself as a runner that can be trusted to get the extra yard and not fumble. Jamison is a small, sturdy running back whose running style is often compared to that of Ray Rice. His greatest asset, however, is his toughness.

FB - Joe Martinek
Martinek entered the season as the school's active leader in total yards from scrimmage. The all-time leading rusher in New Jersey high school history, he moved to fullback in the offseason to stay on the field and allow for other running backs to share the reps. Like Henry Hynoski last season, Martinek is an example of a fullback being an impact player in a Frank Cignetti offense.

WR - Mohamed Sanu
Sanu leads the Big East in receptions, yards and touchdowns and is second in the nation in receptions per game. After splitting his wide receiver time with the Wildcat his first two years on campus, the junior has flourished under Cignetti's scheme. Sanu has 4.4 speed and tremendous leaping ability, but his hands are circumspect at times.

WR - Mark Harrison Another junior receiver, Harrison led the team in receiving last season, including a 240-yard, four touchdown game against Cincinnati last season. Early this year, Harrison dropped balls in key situations, including multiple potential touchdowns. But against Syracuse last week, Harrison caught all five balls that came his way and stretched the field better than any other receiver on the field.

TE - D.C. Jefferson
Jefferson looks the part at 6-foot-6, 250 pounds. The converted quarterback is a solid blocker, but has yet to establish himself as a true receiving threat.

Offensive line disclaimer: Coach Greg Schiano said during the week that he is trying new things on the offensive line and that there could be significant changes for this week in an effort to improve the running game. Without allowing the changes to be made public, here is a look at how the line was last week:

LT - Andre Civil
A converted defensive lineman, Civil took over as the first-team left tackle in the spring and was the starter through all of training camp.

LG - Desmond Wynn
Another converted defensive lineman, the fifth-year senior has been Rutgers' most consistent performer on the offensive line. He is not the most mobile lineman and has a history of injuries, but gets the job done when healthy.

C - David Osei
Osei was the No. 8 wrestler in the nation at Abington High School (Pa.) and displays tremendous athleticism and strength, despite weighing in at just 280 pounds. His snapping ability, however, is a concern and leads to at least one busted play per game.

RG - Betim Bujari
Bujari went to the bench early last week in favor of backup Antwan Lowery. The two are in competition for the starting job.

RT - Kaleb Johnson
Johnson cracked the starting rotation after just two games as a true freshman. He started against Ohio and Syracuse and is the most mobile tackle on the roster.

Key Reserves: RB Savon Huggins, RB Jeremy Deering, WR Brandon Coleman, G/C Caleb Ruch, TE Paul Carrezola

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