Rutgers-Morgan State: Players to Watch

For the most part, the only reason to keep an eye on certain Rutgers players is to see how they will implode this season. The Scarlet Knights (0-3) return home to face a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team in Morgan State (2-1). Who's going to make an impact this week?

QB Carlton Jackson
He is not the strongest thrower in the country (55.3 percent completions, three interceptions to two touchdowns), but Jackson presents a chance to preview how the Rutgers defense will react to quarterback who runs a similar style at West Virginia's Pat White. Rutgers travels to West Virginia for its Big East opener next weekend. If Jackson has success against RU, bad times are on the horizon.

LB Jarrell Guyton
He leads the team in tackles and is the sack leader in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 10. Guyton will have a tougher time against a Rutgers offensive line that has allowed two sacks through three games. Guyton and the Bears will face their biggest team size-wise all year, but he has the speed to disrupt RU's offensive attack.

The entire Morgan State pass defense
After posting nine interceptions through three games, MSU has to be licking its chops to face a Rutgers passing game that has accounted for seven interceptions and just one TD (quarterback Mike Teel has six picks and one TD). You have to build on little successes, and job No. 1 for Teel has to be coming away with zero turnovers.

RB Devan James
Rutgers has not stopped an opposing rushing offense all season, and the Scarlet Knights rank 106th out of 119 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams in rush defense with 211.7 yards against per game. Last week, James was held below 100 yards rushing for the first time this season, but he still averages 129.7 yards per game on the ground.


QB Mike Teel
It's no secret that Teel is fragile at this point, even though he is a fifth-year senior. Does he have the mettle to come up with a stellar performance, albeit against an overmatched opponent? I don't know, but an early pick could send the offensive co-captain into an irrecoverable tailspin.

RB Jourdan Brooks
Last week's 22-carry, 134-yard performance cemented Brooks' status as a pivotal player in RU's rushing attack this season. He scored twice on Navy and got yards after contact on almost every rush. Brooks has a chance to break out in this game, though Morgan State is limiting opponents to 50 yards per game.

DE Jamaal Westerman
This is the first chance for Westerman to really build some numbers in the sack game (he has 1 1/2 sacks through three games). His opponent on the opposite side of the ball is Dakarai Grimsley, a 330-pound bruiser who gets off the ball quickly in the run game but who has slower feet in pass protection.

RB Kordell Young
It looked like the redshirt sophomore was ready to take over the offense after posting 94 yards against Fresno State in the opener Sept. 1. But a knee injury has sidelined him the last two games, and it's still unknown how effective the former West Deptford standout will perform in game situations.

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