4.) Into the Fire -- Rutgers has no "tune up" game this year and needs to come out of training camp completely ready to go. Instead of a chance to grow into mid-season form against Tulane or an FCS foe, the Scarlet Knights start off against one of the toughest offenses in the country, on the road. Fresno State represents the most significant first-game challenge since Cincinnati in 2009.
3.) New Coordinators -- Neither Ron Prince nor Dave Cohen is expected to bring major changes to the play-calling philosophies on their respective side of the ball. But any time both coordinators turn over there is bound to be a learning curve. Both sides reacted positively to the changes in spring camp but the full installations do not come until training camp and the three scrimmages leading to kickoff against Fresno State.
2.) Class of 2011 -- The class of 2011 was a major turning point in Rutgers recruit and was supposed to be the group to take the Scarlet Knights to conference titles and BCS games. The members of the 2011 class are now upperclassmen and set to be the anchors and keystones of the offense.
Quarterback Gary Nova and offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson established their places in past seasons, and projected stars Savon Huggins, Miles Shuler, Tyler Kroft and Keith Lumpkin will get the chance this season. With Prince leading the way in his play-calling, the class of 2011 has major expectations and the chance to lead Rutgers to an American conference title.
1.) Year Two -- Rutgers coach Kyle Flood got off to a great start in his rookie year but has much higher expectations from the public in his second season. Many of the changes Flood made compared to the Greg Schiano regime paid off and resulted in the first conference title share in school history.
Flood now has a year of experience under his belt and a stable of his own assistant coaches following Robb Smith's offseason departure. What changes will Flood make now that he has more experience? How will a freshman class of entirely his recruits impact training camp?