Scarlet Knights still looking for WR options

Freshman Mohamed Sanu has 16 catches and Tim Brown has 15, but the only other Rutgers receiver with a catch is Julian Hayes ...and he has one. Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano is hoping a third receiver pushes to the forefront to relieve some of the pressure, but so far that is yet to happen.

The next time a Rutgers wide receiver not named Mohamed Sanu or Tim Brown catches a pass, it will double the number of receptions by the rest of the unit this season.

The next time Marcus Cooper, Tim Wright, Mark Harrison, Eddie Poole or Keith Stroud make a reception, it will mark the first of their careers.

As Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano searches for a third body to help Sanu and Brown down the field, he is reminded of the lack of experience.

Junior Julian Hayes had one career reception entering the season, and through four games he has only matched that total.

"They're doing their job,'' Schiano said, "but no one is really jumping at you.''

Such is the price Rutgers plight after Kenny Britt, the Big East's all-time leading receiver, left after his junior season and Tiquan Underwood graduated.

The big-bodied Sanu, a freshman who enrolled in January, has a team-leading 16 catches for 167 yards. The speedy Brown has 15 catches for 358 yards.

But get beyond the roommates and the drop-off is eye-popping.

Hayes is the only other wide receiver to make a catch, and that came in the season opener against Cincinnati.

"I think Timmy and Mohamed are playing like Division I wide receivers,'' Schiano said. "After that, like I said before, we need to build some …I wouldn't even call it depth, because when you go to your three wide receiver sets, it's the starter. So we really need to improve in that area, and it's not for lack of trying. They're just young.''

Cooper had a chance to make an impact at Maryland, but he dropped a key third-down pass. Schiano was hoping this week's bye would provide the practice forum for someone to make a move, but that is yet to happen.

"I'm not worried,'' Brown said. "It will come. There is plenty of talent at the position. They just need a little experience.''

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