Post Spring Analysis: Unanswered Questions

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood learned a lot from his team in the spring, but many questions remain unanswered going into training camp. In Flood's first year at head coach, ScarletReport.com looks at the key questions that need to be answered before the season starts.

Injuries and lack of separation leave Rutgers with unanswered questions after a solid spring campaign under coach Kyle Flood. As the Scarlet Knights transition into offseason workouts and training camp, ScarletReport.com is here to look at the top burning questions facing Flood come August.

5.) Is Hendrikson the answer at center? Dallas Hendrikson was not ready to be the starting center before his knee injury last year. And even after a year in the strength program, Hendrikson is not quite there yet.

With Matt McBride pushing him in the spring before an injury, Hendrikson stepped up his game after a slow start. There is no doubt that center will become a hot position battle in camp and Hendrikson will have to improve in a few areas to lock up the job.

4.) Can Jefferson take the next step? — Jefferson's leg injury from last season prevented him from major action in the spring. At this point, Jefferson has 12 (or 13) games to turn himself into the big-time tight end that everyone at Rutgers hoped he could become.

Jefferson is now three years out of his position change from quarterback and has a new position coach in Darnell Dinkins. He has an NFL body and NFL athleticism, but not NFL production at this point. Jefferson has yet to have a breakout game and will need to for coordinator Dave Brock to get the most out of his offense this year.

3.) Is Sanu replaceable? — Rutgers learned quickly in 2008 that Ray Rice was not replicable and had another wakeup call the following year without Mike Teel. Heading into 2012, Brock and Flood will try to replicate Mohamed Sanu's incredible production and has a series of wide receivers looking to step into his shoes.

Brandon Coleman and Mark Harrison have big-play potential, but look for a solid receiver like Quron Pratt to be big in moving the chains. Rutgers has four wide receivers coming in this season — Leonte Carroo, Ian Thomas, Carlton Agudosi and Ruhann Peele — and all will get the chance to throw their name in the running come camp.

2.) What to do with Deering? — For Rutgers to be at its best, Jeremy Deering cannot fade into the background. The freshman breakout star has been a non-factor within the offense since Greg Schiano moved him to running back before last season.

Deering will be a dynamic special teams weapon, but Flood will have to find a way to use him within the offense as well. Back at wide receiver, Deering did not separate himself in the spring leaving questions about his role heading into training camp.

1.) Who is the quarterback? — Neither Gary Nova nor Chas Dodd did enough in the spring to make Flood confident in them as the starting quarterback. Flood wants to have just one starting quarterback heading into the season and there is no clear frontrunner out of the spring.

Each brings benefits and detriments to the offense and will get every chance in training camp to win the job.


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