ScarletReport.com has the impact players, who has the most to prove, which players are in "building" mode and much more.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Rutgers
takes its first road trip of the year to face off against North Carolina
for the fourth time under Greg Schiano. Returning to the site where it all started in 2006, the Scarlet Knights hope yet again to have a defining moment in Chapel Hill.
ScarletReport.com will be in attendance to report on the action and bring reaction from it, but ScarletReport.com also has you covered leading up to the game.
Who will make the biggest impact, who has the most to prove and who is the player to watch? Well, we've done our best to identify those things, and offer a few other fun tidbits.
1. WR Mohamed Sanu
— If Sanu cuts down on the drops, watch out. The athletic receiver is healthy and very tough to tackle in the secondary.
2. RB Savon Huggins — The co-starter at running back, Huggins will have plenty of chances to show why he was a five-star recruit and one of the top running backs in the country. Playing against the team that came in second for his services, Huggins needs to, yet again, get the extra yard when nothing is available. He was the only player on the roster that could have scored on the 1-yard run against N.C. Central.
3. DTs Scott Vallone and Justin Francis
— The starting defensive tackles dominated the line of scrimmage against N.C. Central. Francis needs to play well enough to take extra attention away from Vallone. Vallone needs to take advantage when he does not face double teams.
4. S Duron Harmon — Harmon was a game-changer against N.C. Central. Some of it was right-place, right-time, but the second-year starter turned heads last week in the secondary.
5. CB Marcus Cooper — Cooper silently performed very well. With Mason Robinson out of the picture with an injury, Cooper's playing time increases significantly.
Who has the most to prove?
1. CB Brandon Jones
—. Jones badly whiffed on a key tackle against N.C. Central. Rutgers needs "Juice" to play more solidly now that Mason Robinson is out of the cornerback picture.
2. RB Jeremy Deering — His drop of a clear touchdown made many Rutgers fans simply say, "really?" Getting closer to 100 percent, Deering needs to sure up his hands and become the play-maker he was last season.
3. C David Osei
— The running game struggled with N.C. Central getting penetration through the interior linemen. In his second career start, Osei needs to be a little more consistent.
4. K San San Te — Te plays his only career game in his home state today in front of a large contingent of his family. Can Te shut out distractions and keep up what has been a solid month?
5. QB Chas Dodd — Dodd was not on his game against North Carolina Central and needs to be at his best against the Tar Heels.
Looking to build
1. LG Betim Bujari
— Taking Desmond Wynn
's place after the injury, Bujari turned in a consistent performance for the final three quarters of the opener.
2. WR Tim Wright — With the first catch out of the way and his knee feeling good, look for more plays to come Wright's way against UNC.
3. P Justin Doerner — Doerner averaged 46.6 yards per punt in his first career game.
4. OLB Kevin Snyder — With a game under his belt on special teams and defense, look for the Mechanicsburg, Pa., native to pile up more significant playing time.
5. TE D.C. Jefferson — Jefferson showed his potential when he steamrolled defenders on his one reception. He needs to keep that up.
Poised for a breakout
WR Brandon Coleman — Coleman got his feet wet, scored his first touchdown and ran with the ones in his first career game. Look for a more comfortable Brandon Coleman against the Tar Heels. His 6-foot-6 frame and 4.4 speed are a defensive mismatch waiting to happen. There was a reason the first offensive play of the season was designed to go to No. 17.
Freshman worth watching
RT Kaleb Johnson — Schiano was clear this week in stating that Johnson should have played against N.C. Central. The true freshman offensive line should play this season and if Frank Cignetti and Kyle Flood have any opportunity to put him in today, they should.