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. — For the first time since 2006, Senior Day at Rutgers has conference championship implications. Tomorrow's game is for first place in the Big East with just two weeks of football remaining and the BCS berth wide open.

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 the way teams defended Sanu this season, Cincinnati could assign three defenders to him and Chas Dodd would still find a way to get him the ball. The Big East's single-season receptions record setter is second in the NCAA in receptions and six away from his goal of 100.

2. OLB Khaseem Greene — It is going to be a race this year to see which number is higher — Sanu's receptions total or Greene's tackle total. A leading contender for Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Greene has 105 tackles and 9.5 TFLs this season and is the key cog in stopping Cincinnati running back Isiah Pead..

Khaseem Greene
3. WR Mark Harrison — Harrison's full bill of health is crucial to Rutgers' success against the Cincinnati defense. Against the Bearcats last year, Harrison broke out for 240 yards and four touchdowns. Back after missing most of two weeks with a head injury, the junior is excited for another shot at the Bearcat secondary.

4. DT Justin Francis — If Francis has a case of the munchies tomorrow, Cincinnati is in trouble. The fifth-year senior defensive tackle excels at bringing pressure up the middle and can make Munchie Legaux's first start a painful one.

5. RT Kaleb Johnson — The true freshman has been the most reliable offensive lineman on the roster this season. Searching for the ever elusive best five offensive lineman, Johnson has been in that group since starting in late September against Ohio.

Who has the most to prove?
1. K San San Te — Rutgers needs Te to fix whatever was wrong this week. The fifth-year senior only has three games left and, with the amount of scoring expected tomorrow at "The Point," the Scarlet Knights need a reliable kicking game.

2. QB Chas Dodd — It was a hot and cold return to the starting rotation for Dodd against Army. He made the throws to win the game, but nearly made the ones to lose it as well. As coach Greg Schiano said all week, the quarterback position needs to limit turnovers to win this game..

San San Te
3. LG Desmond Wynn — He had a good camp and solid start to the year, but sub-par performances against South Florida and Army leave Rutgers looking for improvement at left guard.

4. LT Andre Civil — The coaching staff was so unhappy with Civil's play that it tried starting a converted center last week. Civil earned the spot back by halftime, but Schiano was admittedly unsatisfied with Civil's performance.

5. G Betim Bujari — The talented young guard battled an injury the last two weeks and will have to earn his way back into the rotation after missing practice time.

Looking to build
1. CB Jordan Thomas — The sophomore corner made his presence felt with his first touchdown since last season on a punt block. The converted running back will try to translate that to the kick-return game this week alongside Jeremy Deering, who already has a 98-yard return to his name.

2. RB Jeremy Deering — He made the wrong cuts multiple times, but took advantage of his biggest workload since changing from receiver to running back in the offseason. Against Army, Deering led the team with 14 rushing attempts and 64 yards.

Jordan Thomas
3. FB Michael Burton — The walk-on scored a touchdown on a play-action swing pass last week and continues to see his reps at fullback increase as the season goes on.

4. RB Jawan Jamison — Jamison finally hit his home run. Though ineffective for most of the game, the red-shirt freshman running back broke the longest run from scrimmage this season when he went 56 yards to the house in the fourth quarter at Yankee Stadium.

5. CB Logan Ryan — The triple option did not lull the team's top cornerback to sleep last week, but facing Cincinnati's spread is another monster. Ryan and the secondary need all the confidence available to step it up against a team that scored 69 points last season.

Poised for a breakout
Scott Vallone
DT Scott Vallone — Vallone said himself after the West Virginia loss that the team needs to eventually figure out how to win these huge, down-to-the-wire games. Look for the nose tackle to make a major impact in eating space in the middle of the field. Vallone may not put up the numbers, but his role is decisive in stopping Pead and pressuring Legaux.

Freshman worth watching
Brandon Coleman
WR Brandon Coleman — Drops have not been an issue the last two games and the red-shirt freshman continues to heat up. Coleman has side and speed that is un-coverable and times and Dodd needs to take advantage of that against the Bearcats.


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