Storyline Central: The Huggins Factor

Savon Huggins has been the talk of Piscataway since he verbally committed to Rutgers in January and signed is National Letter of Intent. With training camp in three weeks, what kind of immediate impact should Rutgers fans expect on the running game with the addition of the five-star running back?

The running game, more than any facet of the Rutgers football team, is completely different from the 2010 season. Savon Huggins is just one part of the change.

Last season's leading rusher, sparkplug Jordan Thomas, is no longer a running back. Rutgers' leading active rusher, fifth-year senior Joe Martinek, is no longer a running back. Jeremy Deering, Wildcat specialist who ran for 352 yards as a true freshman, is officially a running back. Former starter Mason Robinson is also on defense this season.

The Rutgers running game will look nothing like it did last year.

The changes in the running game start with the arrival of Huggins. The St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) star did not come to Rutgers to sit on the bench this season. And barring any injury, he won't.

The true question is what this means for the rest of the running game.

In the spring, Deering, junior De'Antwan Williams and red-shirt freshman Jawan Jamison each performed admirably and will each find some sort of role in the offense this season, balancing time with Huggins.

Jamison and Williams both scored in the spring game and combined 107 rushing yards. Deering did not play because of a minor injury but put together strong spring and told ScarletReport.com during spring practice that he felt comfortable in his new role.



The 2011 Running Game:

Junior De'Antwan Williams: 346 career rushing yards, 1 touchdown.

Sophomore Jeremy Deering: 352 yards and 2 touchdowns as true freshman.

Sophomore Aaron Hayward: Did not participate during spring game. Four-star recruit in 2009.

Red-shirt freshman Jawan Jamison: 59 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns in spring game.

True freshman Savon Huggins: Five-star recruit on Scout.com. No. 4 running back in nation.

True freshman Ben Martin: Three-star recruit on Scout.com. Ran 4.39 40-yard dash at Rutgers camp last season.

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