Top 5 Sleepers for 2011 Season

Turning the calendars to June and concluding the spring evaluation period, introduces a new series. The "30 lists in 30 days" series is designed to lead us into the camp circuit. Have your own thoughts on one of our lists? Feel free to debate on the message boards. Our first list, the top-five sleepers to watch this season.

5.) RB Jeremy Deering — All eyes are on Savon Huggins at running back, so somehow, last season's second-leading rusher remains under the radar at this point.

Perhaps it is because Deering did not play in the spring game. Or maybe strong spring campaigns by De'Antwan Williams and Jawan Jamison played a part. Whatever the case, Deering's position change to running back will make appropriate use of his talents instead of only allowing him touches in the Wildcat.

Even if Huggins wins the starting job, there are plenty of touches to go around and expect Deering to get his fair shake.

4.) TE Paul Carrezola — Carrezola has two career catches for 18 yards. Whether he takes the starting job from D.C. Jefferson or not, those numbers will exponentially change in the upcoming season.

In new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti's system, Pittsburgh tight ends played crucial roles over the past few years and saw the emergence of Dorin Dickerson.

Carrezola put in a strong enough spring to become a co-starter at tight end. He will continue to do so in training camp in a system with room for more than one tight end.

3.) FB Joe Martinek — Another victim of a position change and missed spring, Martinek will still play a critical role in the Scarlet Knights' offense this season.

Cignetti puts a bigger emphasis on the fullback in his offense. In the spring game alone, with a vanilla playbook, fullbacks caught five balls for 103 yards. In his fifth year, Martinek embarks on his third position while at Rutgers.

Martinek leads all current Scarlet Knights in yards from scrimmage (1,833) and career touchdowns (17). He's a gamer and, if healthy, will without a doubt be a weapon this season.

2.) LB David Milewski — There are a lot of reps to be had on the second team and Milewski was ready to take them as a true freshman before his knee injury.

Behind the starting three, there is not a lot of depth. Milewski should be ready to go for training camp and will be one to watch when he hits the gridiron.

1.) WR Tim Wright — Remember last spring's most improved offensive player? A lot of people don't. But they should because Wright is primed for big year in Cignetti's offense.

Wright is back under the radar after missing the entire season and avoiding contact during the spring. Of course, the explosion onto the scene of Mark Harrison and Brandon Coleman in the last year and the Mohamed Sanu factor help keep him quiet.

Wright is 6-foot-4, in his fourth year in the program, a student of P.J. Fleck and has the right attitude. There are plenty of passes to go around this season and expect Wright to be on the receiving end of his fair share.

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