Top 5 Red-shirt Freshmen

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. Today, we look at the top five red-shirt freshmen going into 2011.

5.)S Lorenzo Waters and Rashad Knight — Both started as second-teamers at the Scarlet-White game, but neither cracked the end-of-spring two-deep announced by coach Greg Schiano.

Maybe neither is quite "college ready" yet, but both are extremely talented athletes and Rutgers hsa a history of young safeties making an impact — see Courtney Greene, Joe Lefeged, Khaseem Greene.

4.) OG Betim Bujari — Bujari, the lone member of the list that logged playing time last season, red-shirted because of an injury.

The fact that he did enough as a true freshman to crack the two-deep and the fact that he was the second-team left guard bodes well for him this season. Bujari may not be a starter, but he will find playing time.

Bujari has a big upside as an interior lineman and four years of eligibility left (like everyone on the list).

3.) LB David Milewski — Milewski's upside may not be as high as some other red-shirt freshman, but he has a great shot at becoming a key contributor to the 2011 defense.

The former Sayreville High School (Parlin, N.J.) standout would have played last year if a torn knee ligament did not sideline him during a mid-week practice.

Milewski is a sure tackler jumping back into the fray at linebacker after missing the spring from knee surgery.

2.) RB Jawan Jamison — Jamison came into his own this spring and showed that he can be a legitimate threat when carrying the ball.

What his role looks like when Savon Huggins joins the backfield is tough to say, but he should expect at least a few touches per game this season. Jamison missed a lot of training camp last year because of personal issues, which slowed his development. It will be interesting to see how he handles a full summer workload.

1.) WR Brandon Coleman — Of every red-shirt freshman on the roster, Coleman is the only one with immediate star potential.

The 6-foot-6 wide receiver caught five balls for 78 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. That was just a taste of what Coleman can do for Rutgers this season with Chas Dodd finding the open receiver in Frank Cignetti's new offensive scheme.

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