Most Valuable Knights, Part I

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 and tomorrow, we look at the most valuable members of the roster in 2011.

This list ranks the top players on the roster in terms of overall ability, potential in 2011, value to the team and what would happen without them. Let's get started.

10.) RB Savon Huggins — The only true freshman on the list, Huggins has unlimited potential and a chance for immediate playing time at his position. Either in a platoon situation with the dynamic Jeremy Deering and emerging Jawan Jamison and De'Antwan Williams or as the starter, Huggins will be a staple in the running game.

The running game without Huggins could still be productive and dangerous at times, but the St. Peters Prep standout puts it over the top as one of the best in the Big East in 2011.

9.) WR Mark Harrison — Harrison cracks the list over Brandon Coleman or Tim Wright because he has done it in games. Harrison was one of the few bright spots in the second half of last season.

As a sophomore, Harrison led the team in touchdown receptions (nine), catches (44) and receiving yards (829). He has a better in-game connection with Chas Dodd than anyone else on the roster.

8.) OT Desmond Stapleton — A fifth-year senior, Stapleton was one of the more consistent linemen in a rough 2010 season and put up a solid spring at right tackle.

Rutgers needs Stapleton to be a step above consistent this season because there is even more uncertainty behind the starting tackles.

7.) K San San Te — Also a fifth-year senior in need of consistency, Te's performance, like any kicker's, is crucial to the success of the 2011 Scarlet Knights.

Te showed what he can do last season with his game-winning field goal against Connecticut, but was only 29 percent from more than 40 yards last season with a long of 43. Behind Te, Rutgers would have to turn to true freshman punter Anthony DiPaula or a walk-on for field goals.

6.) DE Justin Francis — Losing both of its starting ends from last season, Rutgers desperately needs a dynamic pass-rusher. Francis has come a long way, both mentally and physically, since he arrived at Rutgers in 2007 and is, by far, the most experienced end on the roster.

Rutgers managed just 17 sacks last season, compared to the 61 given up and 65 percent of those sacks are no longer on the roster.

Check back tomorrow for the top five most valuable members of the 2011 Rutgers football team

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