Burning Questions Revisited: Offense

The Rutgers offense had many questions going into spring with a new coordinator and replacing many key components. Following the conclusion of spring camp, ScarletReport.com revisits the top five burning questions surrounding the Rutgers offense.

ScarletReport.com raised Questions regarding the Rutgers offense before spring camp started and looks back following the spring game to see what answers came and what remains unsolved heading into training camp.

5.) What Happens on Special Teams?

Post-Spring Answer -- Rutgers desperately awaits the arrival of Colorado transfer Nick Marsh.

Punting was a weak point in camp to the point of concern and the Scarlet Knights need a boost. Anthony DiPaula and walk-on Aiden Murray were both inconsistent and lacked serious hang time. In place-kicking, neither Kyle Federico nor Nick Borgese dominated and the battle will continue through the summer.

4.) Will Anyone Push Nova?

Post-Spring Answer -- No, but not for the reasons expected. Nova was exceptional throughout spring camp and committed just one turnover in nearly nine hours of scrimmage situations. Nova took a step forward in terms of leadership and has the respect of the offensive huddle.

Behind Nova, quarterbacks showed bright spots for the future of the position under offensive coordinator Ron Prince. Chas Dodd did not push Nova but managed the offense with the first- and second-teams and performed well overall. Developing quarterbacks Blake Rankin and Mike Bimonte had strong finishes to the spring working with young receivers like Carlton Agudosi, Ruhann Peele, Vance Matthews and Phil Lewis. For a quarterback two months out of high school, Chris Laviano showed poise and confidence, but struggled with inconsistencies.

3.) Who Becomes Right Tackle?

Post-Spring Answer -- Unknown. Andre Civil's job to lose early, lack of success in the running game led to shakeups across the offensive line. Taj Alexander finished the spring at right tackle, but a handful of names will be in contention for the job including J.J. Denman and Civil.

Rutgers experimented with Keith Lumpkin at first-team left tackle and moving Kaleb Johnson inside. Johnson began his Rutgers career at right tackle and remains an option there should Antwan Lowery bounce back and Chris Muller remain strong at right guard.

2.) How Do Things Change with Ron Prince?

Post-Spring Answer -- The offense trends upward. Players on both sides of the ball commented that this was the most unpredictable the offense has ever been at Rutgers during their tenure. With a focus on getting the ball to play-makers, Prince's system had Nova playing well with his best receiving option injured.

1.) Who Will Steal the Show At Running Back?

Post-Spring Answer -- Desmon Peoples. Rutgers knows what it has in Savon Huggins, but Peoples emerged as the most impact back of the spring.

Paul James remains unable to stay healthy and Dontea Ayres saw his spring come to an early end. Peoples was electric in multiple scrimmage situations but cannot expect serious playing time until he improves ball security. Peoples fumbled three times in the last two scrimmages, including one that Ian Thomas returned for a touchdown in the spring game. An impressive "change of pace" option, Peoples went from backup to key player on offense with his spring performance. Coach Kyle Flood eagerly awaits the arrival of Justin Goodwin into the running back mix this summer and will continue to look at fullback Michael Burton in the role.


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