The Week That Was

ScarletReport.com's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give ScarletReport.com readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment includes the Rutgers football team's season-opening victory over North Carolina Central.

In an effort to make the site even more user-friendly, ScarletReport.com provides a week in review.

So much happens here in a week's time, it's possible to miss some of the happenings and news.

To make it easier, each Monday "The Week That Was" will be posted to give an update on what transpired.

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On the Gridiron
  • The Scarlet Knights started the season off on the right foot with a dominating 48-0 shutout of Division 1-AA opponent North Carolina Central. The defense had half as many sacks Thursday night (nine) than it did all of last season (17) and added 15 TFLs.

  • On offense, true freshman Savon Huggins ran for two touchdowns. Quarterbacks Chas Dodd and Gary Nova each completed touchdown passes as well. Dodd connected with Mohamed Sanu and Nova hit Brandon Coleman for a 44-yard score late in the game.

  • Justin Doerner won the battle for the punting job over Anthony DiPaula. Michael Larrow and Marvin Booker started at defensive and Paul Carrezola started at tight end.

  • Jeremy Deering and Manny Abreu each missed significant time in camp with head injuries but played in the victory over N.C. Central.

  • Fifth-year senior left guard Desmond Wynn went down early in the game with an apparently leg injury. As of coach Greg Schiano'S Friday-morning teleconference, there was no update on Wynn's status. Expect one late this morning in his weekly press briefing. Red-shirt freshman Betim Bujari took Wynn's place Thursday and would likely do the same against North Carolina if necessary.

  • Rutgers' toughest non-conference game, UNC, is on tap for 12:30 p.m. this Saturday. The Scarlet Knights got more rest than the Tar Heels, who played and defeated James Madison on Saturday. Seven months after his hat trickery between Rutgers and North Carolina, Huggins can expect plenty of carries against the other finalist for his services.

Recruiting
  • Rutgers hosted many top recruits in the 2012 and 2013 classes for its Thursday-night opener. The biggest names in uncommitted recruits were defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, linebacker Quanzell Lambert and tackle Ryan Brodie. All three told ScarletReport.com that the visit went well.

  • Verbal commitments Leonte Carroo, Carlton Agudosi and Delon Stephenson also attended the game. Carroo enjoyed his former and future quarterback Gary Nova's first game and Stephenson saw his older brother, Daryl Stephenson, get some playing time later in the game at defensive tackle.

  • Class of 2013 recruits included the defensive line duo of Greg Webb and Dajaun Drennon from Timber Creek and Immaculate defensive end Tashawn Bower.

  • Rutgers commits Desmon Peoples and Brandon Arcidiacono played on ESPN 2 this weekend, but lost on a missed field goal in the final minute. Peoples, a running back, put up 97 yards on 22 carries.

  • Both Devin Fuller and Julian Pinnix-Odrick came up with injuries in the final week before the start of New Jersey high school football. Fuller, a top Rutgers target, told ScarletReport.com he has turf toe, but hopes it does not hamper his senior year. Pinnix-Odrick, a Rutgers commit, suffered an ankle injury, but told ScarletReport.com it was not serious.

  • There are plenty of big high-school games this weekend and ScarletReport.com will be at the two biggest while also bringing you live coverage from the Rutgers vs. North Carolina game. On Friday night, ScarletReport.com will be at High Point Solutions Stadium for a battle between Pinnix-Odrick's Montclair and Michael Giacone's St. Peters Prep. On Saturday, ScarletReport.com will be at Don Bosco for its clash with California-squad Mission Viejo, the former school of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

On the Hardwood
  • The Rutgers basketball team's schedule is set for the 2011-12 season. The Scarlet Knights face a murderous stretch to finish the regular season with consecutive matchups against Notre Dame, Syracuse, Marquette, Seton Hall, Villanova and St. John's. The season starts Nov. 6 against Dartmouth at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.


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