10 in 10: Louisville at Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- ScarletReport.com's post-game game package goes much deeper than than the stats and the nuts and bolts of the game. The "10 in 10" feature gives Rutgers 10 not-so-noticeable notes that each can be read in 10 seconds or less. The breezy format is perfect for office water-cooler talk the day after a game.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – As part of ScarletReport.com's post-game coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place in just-completed game.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters, each to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Friday's 40-13 loss at Louisville.

1. The future is Dodd:
Even when the game was out of hand, quarterback Chas Dodd continued to run the offense. It is usually a time to get backups work, although it is often used to get inexperienced starters time with the next season in mind.

2. Hangin' with Mr. Cooper:
Rutgers converted receiver Marcus Cooper played plenty in place of Brandon Bing, and he showed his cover skills down the left sideline in the fourth quarter, and his ability to shed a block and make a tackle in the third quarter.

3. Lefeged's lethargy:
Strong safety Joe Lefeged admitted to having fatigued legs last week, and it looked that way again. He had a perfect angle on a second-quarter run blitz, but missed the tackle. He also stumbled on a few kickoff returns.

4. Thomas running tight:
Questions of whether freshman running back Jordan Thomas can run between the tackles were answered as the majority of his career-high 120 yards from a traditional formation, with a large part of the yards between the tackles.

5. Deering's drop:
With freshman receiver Jeremy Deering spending so much time in the Wildcat, his practice time with receivers is limited. So, his drop in the first quarter comes with the question of whether his attention to the Wildcat is taking away from his receiver development.

6. Finding a weakness:
Louisville quarterback Justin Burke had plenty of time to throw, and in the first quarter he was able to get big gains by locating who Rutgers linebacker Manny Abreu was covering, and attacking that part of the defense.

7. Sieve up front:
Dodd used the pump fake well in October, but it didn't work again because the offensive line couldn't protect. Dodd tried it a few times, but was under duress before he could locate his receiver.

8. Struttin' Stroud:
Red-shirt sophomore Keith Stroud made five catches (43 yards) and showed he can catch the ball and get hit. He had a mid-season down turn, but has shown he can be part of the offense.

9. Familiar look:
Cincinnati scored a first-quarter touchdown on a shovel pass to Bilal Powell, a mirror image of the play South Florida used effectively against the Scarlet Knights earlier this month.

10. Bing's speed:
Rutgers senior cornerback Brandon Bing's speed allowed him to get around the edge and block a PAT in the fourth quarter. It is the kind of speed NFL scouts love, and the knack for dipping a shoulder to get past a defender on the edge is quite a talent.

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