Top 5 Frosh For Early Playing Time

Turning the calendars to June and concluding the spring evaluation period, is running the "30 lists in 30 days" series. Today, we look at the top five freshmen in position for early playing time in 2011. Feel free to debate on the message boards.

5. Charles Davis – It was a close call between Davis and Miles Shuler for the last spot on this list, and the choice is Davis because from a strength standpoint, and experience of playing a position, he has more ready.
Davis is coming to Rutgers to play cornerback, but could easily shift to safety. He is 6-foot, 195 pounds and runs in the 4.4s with consistency. He is already strong enough to play in college, and is a perfect player to see time on special teams.

4. Gary Nova – A backup quarterback is needed, and the call is either Nova or Mike Bimonte. Both need to prove themselves and will have plenty of opportunity to play in training camp.
In all honesty, the one who doesn't win the backup job may be in a better shape in the long term because it will allow them to red-shirt and develop at a more natural rate. Nova is the favorite to be the backup, and that means he likely will be time in games early in the season.

3. Kaleb Johnson – From a strength standout, he is ready to play immediately. The issue is figuring out where he fits best. As his college career plays out, his long-term future should be at guard.
However, Rutgers could use him at right tackle because he has the athleticism and footwork to play on the edge. But playing a freshman on the edge is always a dicey proposition. Johnson is already on campus, and should be ready to compete from the start of training camp.

2. Anthony DiPaula – He is the only scholarship punter in the program, and split reps with receiver Mohamed Sanu during the spring. After a rough start to the spring, DiPaula settled in and became more consistent and showed off an extremely strong leg.
Ideally, having a starting receiver serve as the punter is not a good thing, which means DiPaula will get plenty of chances to punt in training camp. Given he could punt the ball anywhere from 50 to 80 times, his impact could be great.

1. Savon Huggins – Yeah, this is about as stunning as the sun rising in the morning. Nothing is promised, but much is expected, and atop those expectations is Huggins getting plenty of work in the fall.
Rutgers never landed a recruit of this magnitude, and finally has a running back who can handle the physical load of carrying 20 times a game. He is shifty, quick, has good vision and just about everything else a program wants in a pro-style offense.
The biggest question is when the No. 28 jerseys will go on sale.

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