10 in 10: Rutgers vs. Norfolk State

ScarletReport.com's post-game package goes much deeper than the stats and the nuts and bolts of the game. The "10 in 10" feature gives Rutgers fans 10 not-so-noticeable notes that each can be read in 10 seconds or less. The breezy format is perfect for office water-cooler talk the day after a game.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As part of ScarletReport.com's post-game coverage, the "10 in 10" segment gives you 10 not-so-noticeable things that took place in the just-completed game.

It is designed for each of the 10 quick-hitters, each to be read in 10 seconds or less. Here are the 10 from Saturday's 38-0 win against FCS-level Norfolk State.

1. Change at corner
After struggling at Fresno State, Gareef Glashen was replaced as a starting cornerback by Lewis Toler. Glashen was moved to Rutgers' nickel spot while Toller and Ian Thomas started at cornerback.

2. Tight tackle
With Paul Carrezola out with an injury, backup offensive tackle Chris Fonti moved into the third tight end role and was in when Savon Huggins scored on a 1-yard plunge early in the third quarter.

3. No loose change
On a third-and-long from inside its own 5, Norfolk State popped a run against Rutgers' nickel defense for a first down. On the next third-and-long, which was three plays later, the Scarlet Knights went with their base 4-3 defense and shut down the Spartans.

4. Practice makes perfect
Rutgers blocked its first punt of the season, and it's exactly how it was drawn up in practice. Throughout the week of practice, Rutgers used Quron Pratt coming through the middle. When the Scarlet Knights blocked a first-quarter punt, it was Pratt coming through the middle.

5. Using depth
Rutgers played plenty of freshman and red-shirt freshman, and it went with depth early in the secondary. Backup cornerbacks Nadir Barnwell and Gareef Glashen and backup safety Tejay Johnson all were in the secondary in the 4-3 base defense in the first quarter.

6. Blind spot
Quarterback Gary Nova's interception came when he looked down the left sideline and didn't have his primary target open, so he went to another read over the middle. The problem was he never saw the linebacker dropping back into coverage.

7. Flip this
Rutgers' punting wasn't a focal point in the win, but what Nick Marsh brings is important. He flipped the field with a 55-yard punt into a strong breeze that put Norfolk State on its own 11 yards. It is a weapon Rutgers hasn't had lately.

8. Johnson pulls double duty
Getting Tejay Johnson experience at safety is big, and Rutgers showed it will use him in several ways. At times, he was with Jeremy Deering in the defensive backfield and at other times he was with Lorenzo Waters.

9. Getting to the second level
When running back P.J. James scored on a 25-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, it came thanks to right guard Chris Muller and fullback Michael Burton making big blocks 10 yards down the field.

10. Trying to find depth
The blowout enabled a bundle of players to make their college debuts, including a XX of true freshman in linebacker L.J. Liston, safety Delon Stephenson, cornerback Anthony Cioffi, tight end Nick Arcidiacono, defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph and running back Justin Goodwin. It means unless there is a season-ending injury to any of the players in the next few games, none will be able to red-shirt.


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