ScarletReport.com has the impact players, who has the most to prove, which players are in "building" mode and much more.
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — For the first time since 2006, the final game of the season has BCS implications for Rutgers
. Everyone knows the stakes. Both teams practiced hard all week and it is almost game-time.
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. OLB Khaseem Greene
— Greene, with 114 tackles, is just two away from tying Courtney Greene
's mark as a true freshman in 2005. His 10.4 tackles per game rank 13th nationally and lead the Big East and needs a big day to stop UConn back Lyle McCombs
2. WR Mohamed Sanu — Sanu had a self-described "off-week" last week with just six catches. His receptions numbers are well-docutmented, but what is not is the fact that he has 60 first-down receptions this year.
3. RB Jawan Jamison — Going for 200 yards against Cincinnati
made Jamison just the third running back at Rutgers to do so as a freshman. The first two were Ray Rice
and Terrell Willis
, putting Jamison in elite company.
4. CB Brandon Jones — Jones is the bigger risk taker of the Scarlet Knights' two cornerbacks and it paid off against Cincinnati. Jones executed a perfect quarterback strip on Munchie Legaux against Cincinnati and picked him off to close the pizza.
5. WR Quron Pratt — Pratt had another big day of moving the chains and is quietly second among receivers with 26 catches, 289 yards and a touchown.
Who has the most to prove?
1. WR Mark Harrison
— Harrison was not a factor in his first game back from injury, but is hungry to put up a big game in his home state.
2. QB Chas Dodd — Dodd has been less-than stellar since his epic fourth-quarter comeback against South Florida, but excelled against the Huskies last season. In his first career start, Dodd earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week.
3. FB Michael Burton
— Burton continues to pick up more and more of Joe Martinek
's reps at fullback, but did not have a Martinek-type impact against Cincinnati.
4. TE Paul Carrezola — With starter D.C. Jefferson's health in question, Carrezola needs to step up.
5. TE Beau Bachety — If Jefferson does not play, Bachety could see some reps on the offense after moving to tight end in the spring.
Looking to build
1. G Art Forst
— The senior guard, and game captain tomorrow, was phenomenal against Cincinnati with his ability to open holes in the running game and pull to the other side of the field. With two games left in his career, Forst is on form.
2. RT Kaleb Johnson — The entire offensive line blocked well in the run game and Johnson has been the most consistent starter since taking over for Desmond Stapleton against Ohio..
3. WR Miles Shuler
— The reverse worked to perfection again last week. It's time to try something different with the speedster.
4. TE Malcolm Bush — Bush got minimal experience last week after Jefferson left with an injury and is the second biggest receiving threat at the position behind Carrezola.
5. K San San Te — Te had no issues kicking against Cincinnati, but returns to a natural grass field tomorrow after struggling on the same type of surface at Yankee Stadium.
Poised for a breakout
WR Mark Harrison — Harrison scored his first career touchdown against his home-state university two years ago and went over 100 last year in the team's lone Big East win. With plenty of attention on Sanu, look for Harrison to get open and make plays.
Freshman worth watching
S Rashad Knight — Knight has a lot of ability and will be in his second game back from foot surgery. Look for Knight to play primarily on special teams.