5. Defensive tackle Scott Vallone: Strength in the middle of a defense is a big thing, and Rutgers has it in arguably the best defensive tackle in the Big East in Scott Vallone. Whether he plays the 3-technique or the nose guard spot, he will demand double teams and ensure opposing offensive lines pay attention to him in game plans.
4. Motivation: Rutgers saw its streak of five straight bowl games come to an end with last season's 4-8 mark, and all offseason the players had to hear about it from the coaching staff, the media and from themselves.
There is no substitute for talent, but hard work accentuates talent. Not to say Rutgers didn't work hard last offseason, but the focus should have been unwavering given what transpired last season.
3. The linebacking corps: It was shifted around, but the spring look was something that should excite the Scarlet Knights because it was fast, moved well and was aggressive.
Steve Beauharnais is best suited playing strong side linebacker, where he can blitz off the edge and also drop into coverage in a zone. Although Khaseem Greene is unproven in moving from safety to weakside linebacker, his combination of speed and physical play is an asset.
And Ka'Lial Glaud finally gets a shot to start at middle linebacker, and should do a nice job since he is rugged, physical and likes to spend time in the film room.
2. The offensive system: Rutgers was built with a pro-style offense, and the last two seasons the Scarlet Knights drifted from that philosophy. When coach Greg Schiano brought in Frank Cignetti to run a pro-style offense, it not only gave the offense an immediate identity, it is something that fits the personnel.
The offensive line is suited for blocking a pro-style system, quarterback Chas Dodd looks comfortable in the pocket, there are options at the tight end, there is depth at running back and the fullback is making a comeback.
1. Receiver depth: Mohamed Sanu and Mark Harrison are the known commodities, and even though the Scarlet Knights lack experience behind that duo, there is plenty of talent to choose from and make Rutgers a dangerous offense throwing the ball.
Tim Wright, Brandon Coleman, Quron Pratt, J.T. Tartacoff and the arrival of speedster Miles Shuler give the Scarlet Knights plenty of options for a third and fourth receiver.
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