Schedule Scouting: Top 5 Skill Weapons

Rutgers is three weeks from reporting to training camp and the formal start of the 2013 season. ScarletReport.com's in-depth look at the 2013 schedule begins with the top five opposing skill players for the Scarlet Knights.

The Rutgers defense faced plenty of NFL talent at the skill positions last year, including draft picks like Cobi Hamilton, Knile Davis, Travis Kelce and Ryan Griffin. The 2013 schedule has just as many weapons on tap, including some familiar former Big East foes.

5.) South Florida Junior WR Andre Davis -- A one-time major Rutgers recruit, Davis has plenty of momentum going into his junior year with a more devoted passing attack in Tampa. Davis is athletic with powerful hands and has already been a thorn to the Rutgers defense. Davis was the primary weapon for the Bulls against Rutgers with 84 yards and eight catches.

2012 stats -- 46 catches, 534 yards, six touchdowns.


4.) Louisville Senior RB Senorise Perry -- Perry had a big year before going down with a torn ACL. He had 11 touchdowns on the ground in 10 games but was hurt by the time Louisville came to High Point Solutions Stadium and won a BCS bid. Perry should be fighting fit by the time the Scarlet Knights come to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and keep the Rutgers defense honest against Teddy Bridgewater.

2012 stats -- 786 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games.


3.) Connecticut Junior RB Lyle McCombs -- An arrest after his freshman year slowed McCombs and his production in 2012. Rutgers shut down McCombs and held him to 30 yards this year, but the dynamic tailback will be one of the top at the position in the American Athletic Conference. McCombs already has over 2,000 career rushing yards to his name.

2012 stats -- 243 rushes, 860 yards, six touchdowns.


2.) Louisville Junior WR DeVante Parker -- Bridgewater's top receiver target is in line for a huge season with a borderline Heisman candidate at quarterback. Parker is a 6-foot-3 athletic mis-match whose touchdown catch against Rutgers last season broke the back of the Scarlet Knights in a devastating loss. Parker doubled his touchdowns and yards from freshman year to sophomore and could spike again as a junior.

2012 stats -- 40 catches, 744 yards, 10 touchdowns


1.) Fresno State Sophomore WR Davante Adams -- Derek Carr's primary target is a major early test for cornerbacks Ian Thomas and Lewis Toler. Adams can move the chains efficiently and is a big-play threat at the same time. He took one 89 yards for a score last season and represented a third of Carr's 4,000 passing yards in 2012. The Adams and Isaiah Burse combination in non-conference play is comparable to what Rutgers faced 2009 with Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate.

2012 stats -- 102 catches, 1,312 yards, 14 touchdowns.


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