ScarletReport.com has the impact players, who has the most to prove, which players are in "building" mode and much more.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Rutgers
returns home to host Ohio
for the first time since beating the school in 2006. Ohio (3-0) represents a tough non-conference challenge for the Scarlet Knights (1-1), but Greg Schiano is positive that conference realignment talk will not be a distraction.
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. S Duron Harmon
— Not only is the junior from Delaware a big-time ball hawk, but he can run with it after the play. Look for Harmon to disrupt the Ohio passing game, though the Bobcats are more of a running team.
2. RB Savon Huggins — Simply said, his time is now. De'Antwan Williams is out of the picture and Schiano made multiple offensive line changes to improve the running game. With Huggins expected to receive the brunt of the work, expect a breakout game.
3. DTs Scott Vallone and Justin Francis
— Against a run-heavy team that can get as many as 50 plays off in a half, disruption at the line of scrimmage is crucial. Ohio has an experienced offensive line, but after seeing North Carolina
's line, it is a step down in competition.
4. WR Mohamed Sanu — It does not get much more impressive than Sanu's 13-catch performance and one-hander against UNC. Look for the Chas Dod to Sanu to continue.
5. OLB Khaseem Greene — Greene's first two games at linebacker have been impressive. Against a run-heavy team, look for him to lead "the swarm" on defense.
Who has the most to prove?
1. OG Betim Bujari
— Is Bujari a better option than Antwan Lowery
inside? Ohio is Bujari's chance to prove it.
2. WR Mark Harrison — Harrison cannot have another case of the drops against Ohio. Last year's top receiver needs to prove to Dodd and company that he can be relied on.
3. RB Jawan Jamison
— Williams is gone and Jamison is on the two-deep in his place. Jamison missed much of camp with an injury but is back to full health and will need to make an impact behind Huggins and Jeremy Deering
4. TE D.C. Jefferson — Jefferson started last week over Paul Carrezola, but struggled with penalties.
5. CB Logan Ryan — Ryan had one rough play against North Carolina and it went for six. Sometimes that is all it takes to lose a game. Ryan is a solid cornerback. Expect him to respond well to what happened against the Tar heels.
Looking to build
1. DE Manny Abreu
— The fifth-year senior had a tremendous first start at a new position. With Marvin Booker
's health in question, Abreu's experience and skill-set become even more valuable.
2. WR Tim Wright — Wright reached the end-zone for the first time in his injury-riddled career. With that out of the way, look for Wright's role to increase.
3. K San San Te
— Te nailed a 50-yard against his home-state university two weeks ago.
4. DE Marcus Thompson — As Thompson says, he finally found a home at defensive end and was disruptive off the bench in the first two games.
5. C David Osei — Osei improved significantly from game one to game two from a mental standpoint, according to Schiano.
Poised for a breakout
RB Savon Huggins — Any notions of a "slump" from Huggins can go out the window against the Bobcats. Expected to receive the brunt of the action, it is time for Huggins to show Rutgers fans what he can do.
Freshman worth watching
RT Kaleb Johnson — Schiano was clear this week in stating that Johnson will play. Whether he starts or comes off the bench has yet to be announced, but the freshman big man makes his debut against Ohio.