Spring Game: 10 in 10

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- ScarletReport.com's post-spring game game package goes much deeper than than the stats and the nuts and bolts 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.

After watching two years of Rutgers lack offensive identity, Saturday's Scarlet-White spring game certainly showed the personality and direction the offense will take heading into August training camp.

The Scarlet beat the White 31-14 in front of 21,120 at Rutgers Stadium, and the most important thing is everyone got to see the Scarlet Knights' return to the type of offensive football that made them a top 25 team a few years ago.

Rather than discuss the stats of the spring game, ScarletReport.com is breaking down what transpired beyond the numbers with a spring "10 in 10" segment.

1. The Use of the Fullback: Incorporating the fullback is a staple of offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti's offense, and Marcus Thompson, Michael Burton and Robert Joseph showed it as they combined for five catches.

2. Cuts like a …: Jawan Jamison's reputation in high school was as a running back with superior vision and the ability to make cuts, and he did a fantastic job of it on a 7-yard run in the second quarter. He went through the middle of the line and made it look easy as he weaved his way into the end zone.

3. Coleman's size: It's not just that Brandon Coleman can catch most passes thrown his way, it's the way he uses his 6-foot-6 220-pound frame. Safety Rashad Knight had decent coverage 28-yard pass from Chad Dodd, but the ball was thrown high and Coleman's reach made it an easy touchdown throw.

4. Kirksey's burst: Freshman defensive tackle Kenneth Kirksey only had one tackle, but he was constantly involved in disrupting plays as he burst through the line and overpowered the opposition.

5. OL blocking: There wasn't the need to pickup blitzes in the stripped-down exhibition, but there certainly was a better feeling as the offensive line allowed one sack and Jamison and De'Antwan Williams combined to average 4.3 yards per carry.

6. Greene means go: Weakside linebacker Khaseem Greene has a chance to have a breakout season and be an impact player on defense. His speed and size give him the ability to pursue quickly while also being able to deliver a hit.

7. Depth at cornerback: No one separated themselves at the cornerback spot, but it doesn't mean there isn't talent. Logan Ryan and Brandon Jones will likely enter training camp as the starters, but Mason Robinson, Gareef Glashen and Marcus Cooper will also push for time.

8. Concern on the edge: The defensive line's inability to get pressure was part of the scrimmage, as it was a problem last season. It speaks well for the offensive line, but means the search for a pass rusher continues.

9. Chas-ing perfection: Dodd completed 27 of 35 for 289 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The accuracy was very good, and Dodd said he made up for the lack of competition for his starting job in the spring by competing against himself. And with his demeanor, it is a believable approach.

10. Nova or Bimonte: Steve Shimko did the one thing backup quarterbacks cannot do, and that is turn the ball over. He was 13 of 17 for 183 yards, but he threw three interceptions. He did not lock down the backup job, and it means incoming freshman Gary Nova and Mike Bimonte will have the chance to backup Dodd.


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