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.

NEW YORK — Rutgers became bowl eligible with its win last week, but guarantees itself a spot in the post season with a win tomorrow against Army.

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 — With Chas Dodd in at quarterback, the Big East's leading receiver can expect plenty of balls to come his way. In one drive alone, Dodd hit Sanu seven times for 60 yards last week.

2. OLB Khaseem Greene — Greene logged 17 tackles last week against the mobile B.J. Daniels and is key in containing the Army triple option.

Khaseem Greene
3. QB Chas Dodd — Back as the starter, Dodd is set to face off against the team he beat last year in overtime. Dodd was 18-of-30 for 251 yards, two touchdowns and an interception last season. Army sacked him eight times.

4. S Duron Harmon — Harmon makes it a habit of being in the right place at the right time. Leading Rutgers in interceptions, the former Delaware high school player of the year needs to stay alert to keep the Army passing game nonexistent.

5. WR Brandon Coleman — At 6-foot-6, no cornerback on the roster has a fair shot at defending Coleman. If his hands remain steady, the red-shirt freshman is due for a big day.

Who has the most to prove?
1. LG Desmond Wynn — To put it lightly, the fifth-year senior did not have a good game last week. Three penalties and minimal run-blocking is not what Rutgers needs out of its most experienced offensive lineman.

2. RB Jawan Jamison — With Savon Huggins currently out of the picture and the run-blocking in a rut, Jamison needs to find a way to gain positive yardage.

Desmond Wynn
3. WR Miles Shuler — He is fast. Very fast. But what can he do as a wide receiver? There is only one way to find out. Throw him a catchable ball, maybe something less than 40 yards down the field.

4. FB Joe Martinek — With Huggins injured, Martinek stands a strong chance of finding reps at his former position. The run game went nowhere last week and a strong, downhill runner like Martinek could be the cure.

5. DE Manny Abreu — A lineman other than Justin Francis needs to start getting in the backfield and hitting the quarterback.

Looking to build
1. OL David Osei — Osei has not let losing his starting job slow him down. Week after week, Osei comes off the bench and gives valuable repetitions at multiple positions.

2. WR Brandon Coleman — When the drop problems could not get any worse, Coleman came through in a big way, tying the USF game with a big touchdown catch. Confidence rising, look for Coleman to emerge in the coming weeks.

David Osei
3. DT Justin Francis — More and more, Francis lives in opponents' backfields. He leads Rutgers with 6.5 sacks.

4. K San San Te — From a long, snow field goal to a game-winner, Te's consistency is improving after poor performances against Navy and Louisville.

5. RG Art Forst — From afterthought to starter, Forst continues to eat up minutes at right guard.

Poised for a breakout
Chas Dodd
QB Chas Dodd — The pass rush prevented Dodd from absolutely dominating against Army last season. But for the Black Knights, star end Josh McNary is gone and the Rutgers offensive line is not as ineffective as last season. Even if Mark Harrison cannot go, Dodd has plenty of weapons at his disposal.

Freshman worth watching
Miles Shuler
WR Miles Shuler — Shuler is no longer a secret weapon. Showing what he can do on reverses and sideline bombs, Rutgers may need to find new ways to take advantage of his speed against Army.


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