Spring Lesson: The Scarlet Knights are not just going to lay down and give Savon Huggins the starting job. Jawan Jamison and De'Antwan Williams had strong finishes to the spring and Jeremy Deering continued to run just as well as he did last year while working in the Wildcat.
Huggins still may run away with the starting job from Day 1 of training camp, but Jamison, Williams and Deering will make things very interesting.
Starters out of Spring: Deering, Jamison and Williams jumped out to Schiano this spring and all three are in contention for the first-team spot at the start of training camp.
Williams and Jamison each had 11 first-team touches in the spring game. With Williams having more experience and winning the Most Improved Offensive Player, he might begin camp ahead of Jamison.
Deering missed the spring game after a minor injury in practice, but adjusted well to his new position throughout the spring. He will be right there with Jamison and Williams to begin training camp.
Got (more than) a Chance:Schiano does not promise jobs to anyone. Not even when it's Savon Huggins.
When players report for the start of training camp, Huggins will be like any other incoming freshman. He's going to have to earn his touches on the field. Of course, that may not be very hard for the highest rated recruit ever under Schiano.
Barring any injury, Huggins is not going to red-shirt. His repetitions on the practice field come down to how quickly he adjusts to the next level. With Huggins' talent and mind-set, expect him to be right there with the other three early in camp.
Needs More Time: Even with Jordan Thomas, Mason Robinson, Joe Martinek, Tyrone Putman and Kordelll Young leaving the fray, running back is as crowded as Stuff Yer Face on game day.
Aaron Hayward, in his first spring as a running back, suffered an injury that kept him out of the Scarlet-White game. Hayward has been trapped in the back of the line since he enrolled and will probably need another year on the scout team before contending for a spot in the rotation.
The story is the same for Long Branch walk-on Travis Patterson. Patterson, a former teammate of Miles Shuler and Ryan Brodie, had a nice spring game. He showed quick feet for his size (5-foot-8, 220) and moved the chains well on 19 touches for 66 yards.
That won't be enough, however, to get him in the mix, barring a series of injuries.
Incoming freshmen Ben Martin and Paul Canevari start off at the back of the line and probably find slots on the practice squad.
Schiano's Take: "[Deering, Jamison and Williams] all bring different talents to the table, so to say that there is a pecking order, I think that they all did very well. We are so much further ahead than we were 15 practices ago.
With the emergence of Jawan Jamison, who I think is a legitimate Division I back. Now he has to get in better shape and get more disciplined with things, but he has what you can't teach. Then De'Antwan (Williams), he was obviously recognized with the award of Most Improved Offensive Player, but I think De'Antwan has taken leaps and bounds. When you look at the position as a whole, and you have someone like Jeremy Deering, who can come in and do so many things.
I am excited about the flexibility we have there and that's not even talking about the two running backs that are coming in as freshman. Something that we came into the spring as a real doubt or question mark, I feel much better leaving the spring."
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