Kickoff Primer: What to Watch

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 is in first place in the Big East. Big wins against ACC defectors Syracuse and Pittsburgh, the Scarlet Knights take a 4-1 overall record against the 2-3 Navy Midshipmen in a non-conference clash on Homecoming.

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.

Impact players
1. WR Mohamed Sanu — Sanu's size and athleticism against Navy's secondary is a mis-match waiting to happen. The Big East's best receiver is eighth in Rutgers history with 140 catches and three away from passing Clark Harris.

2. DT Scott Vallone — Ramel Meekins' performance against Navy in 2006 is legendary among the Rutgers faithful. For Vallone, the 2011 Knights' top defensive tackle, this is his chance to mimic Meekins' beast-like performance.

Logan Ryan
3. CB Logan Ryan — Quickly becoming the team's best "impact" corner since Devin McCourty, Ryan May not get a chance for another interception against Navy, but he can shut down the passing game altogether.

4. RB Savon Huggins — Huggins continues to get it done in the red-zone and his yards per carry are improved. Look for Huggins to build on both improvements against a poor Navy rush defense.

5. FB Joe Martinek — Master of the first down, "Jersey Joe" showed what a fullback is capable of in Frank Cignetti's offense against Syracuse. Then he did it again on a third-and-long screen pass against Pittsburgh for a touchdown.

Who has the most to prove?
1. QB Gary Nova — Nova has done enough to not lose games as the team's quarterback. But sooner or later, Nova will have to make plays to win games.

2. WR Brandon Coleman — Passes to Coleman have not been easy plays, but they are balls that should be caught by a Division I wide receiver. Eventually, the 6-foot-6 wideout has to finish on some of those long balls.

Brandon Coleman
3. RB Jawan Jamison — Jamison started off strong with the first team, but his yards per carry drop each week. Averaging 2.2 yards per carry last week, Jamison needs to improve.

4. QB Chas Dodd — If Dodd gets any time off the bench, it is his best chance to put his name back in the starting quarterback picture.

5. TE Paul Carrezola — Carrezola has not been a major factor since his first career touchdown.

Looking to build
1. K San San Te — After missing three key field goals against Syracuse, Te nailed two huge kicks last week against the Panthers. The senior kicker is fifth in Big East history with 56 career field goals, two behind former West Virginia kicker Pat McAfee, who now punts for the Indianapolis Colts.

2. RT Kaleb Johnson — The true freshman is quietly becoming one of the most reliable linemen on the roster.

Steve Beauharnais
3. MLB Steve Beauharnais — Beauharnais played like an elite middle linebacker the last two weeks and has plenty of opportunities against the triple option to make plays.

4. WR Quron Pratt — Pratt made the best block of his career Saturday on the touchdown pass to Joe Martinek. Those are the plays that earn you more reps on gameday.

5. DE Marcus Thompson — Look for Thompson's playing time to increase with the loss of Michael Larrow.

Poised for a breakout
Khaseem Greene
WLB Khaseem Greene — With Greene's speed and tackling ability at outside linebacker, look for the junior to be heavily involved in disrupting Navy's run game.

Freshman worth watching
Kevin Snyder
SLB Kevin Snyder — Snyder played a huge role off the bench last week in holding Pittsburgh to 10 points. Against a run-based team, look for Snyder to be in on a lot of tackles as Rutgers tries to make it four wins in a row.


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