Mid-Season Superlatives

Though it seems the season just started, Rutgers is halfway through the regular season. With the Scarlet Knights' 5-1 record resembling the team's best since 2006, ScarletReport.com hands out mid-season superlatives including the team's MVP, freshman of the year and play of the year.

Team MVP: Mohamed Sanu — By looking at the numbers alone, Sanu can almost run away with the award. Through six games, the team's top receiver has 55 catches, 555 yards and six touchdowns. On top of that, Sanu is a headache for opposing defense based on his versatile skill set and the simple threat of his passing ability. As a leader, Sanu is constantly working with younger receivers to build their confidence. He draws so much attention defensively that other areas on the field are often left unguarded. Against Ohio, Sanu set a Big East record with 16 receptions. Sanu is on pace for 118 receptions, 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns. Honorable Mentions: Scott Vallone, Khaseem Greene.

Offensive Player of the Year: Mohamed Sanu — See above. Sanu has been a security blanket for the last three starting quarterbacks at Rutgers and he is on pace to threaten many of the school's and conference's receiving records this season.Honorable Mentions: Desmond Wynn.

Defensive Player of the Year: Khaseem Greene — No player embodies "the swarm" like Greene. The junior linebacker, who moved from safety in the offseason, has nearly twice as many tackles as any other player on the team. As the starting weakside linebacker, Greene has 59 tackles, five TFLs and two sacks this season. On a defense full of young stars, Greene has been the most consistent and most reliable. Honorable Mentions: Scott Vallone, Justin Francis, Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan.

Most Improved Player: Logan Ryan — Ryan improved from being "in the mix" last season to building his own "Ryan Island" at High Point Solutions Stadium. The third-year sophomore picked off two passes against Pittsburgh in the team's "blackout" victory and improved drastically since getting badly by Dwight Jones in North Carolina. Honorable Mentions: Manny Abreu, Justin Francis, Quron Pratt.

Freshman of the Year: Gary Nova — Winning is winning. In games where Nova takes a snap, Rutgers is undefeated. As a starter, Nova is 2-0. Nova has 683 passing yards and six touchdowns this season. Honorable Mentions: Kevin Snyder, Jawan Jamison, Kaleb Johnson.

Comeback Player of the Year: Tim Wright — A torn ACL ruined tremendous offseason progress for Wright last year. But Wright never lost hope and worked hard through his rehabilitation to reestablish himself as a receiving threat. Through six games, Wright has eight catches for 83 yards including the first two touchdowns of his career. Honorable Mentions:Jamal Merrell, Edmond Laryea.

Best Position Change: Joe Martinek — The defense has spectacular speed with a series of changes, but in only six career games at the position, Martinek brought the fullback position back to the Banks. Martinek's strong blocking ability often goes unnoticed, but it is hard to miss the fact that nearly half his touches go for first downs. Martinek averages 7.6 yards per carry and 12.5 yards per reception on the year.Honorable Mentions: Manny Abreu, Khaseem Greene.

Commit Rutgers could use this season: Chris Muller — With the line still unsettled midway through the year, Muller would be an interesting component either at tackle or at the revolving right guard position. Honorable Mentions: Michael Giacone.

Assistant Coach of the Year: Robb Smith — Smith's schemes on field goal blocks won Rutgers two games this year. Enough said.

Play of the Year:Jamall Merrell's forced fumble against Syracuse — The final play of the double-overtime Big East opener, Merrell's strip of Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey gave Rutgers its first conference win of the season. On the play, Edmond Laryea (30), who was in for just one play all day, wrapped the running back and Merrell punched out the ball. Game over. Honorable Mentions: Sanu's one-hander again North Carolina, Martinek's 60-yard touchdown against Pittsburgh, Brandon Jones' field goal block against Navy.

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