Game Day Notes: McCourty, bowls and Sanu

Rutgers faces Louisville today at 11 a.m. (ESPN2), and one Scarlet Knight expected to impact the game is senior Devin McCourty, who excels on special teams and as a cornerback. Also, what is the latest bowl situation, and what needs to happen for Rutgers to land in the Meineke Bowl? And what has Mohamed Sanu done that no Rutgers player has done in the last 16 years?

Rutgers senior Devin McCourty knows what is going on.

During the week, opposing coaches are diagramming punt block schemes designed solely at stopping him.

It's just not working.

"I don't know. Maybe I'm biased,'' he said heading into today's 11 a.m. kickoff at Louisville. "We got the best coaches in the country, and I trust them each week that they're going to draw something up and it's going to work.''

McCourty, who doubles as arguably the best cornerback in the Big East, has blocked seven kicks in his career. Three of those have come in the last five games, and he is doing it by coming from different points on the field.

"It depends how you draw it up,'' McCourty said. "I think you become a little more confident as you're able to get through to block more.''

Oh, and blocking punts isn't the only way he is influencing games on special teams.

He forced a fumble in punt coverage against South Florida and returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against Connecticut.

Bowl possibilities
Much more will be known after the weekend plays out, but the two likely destinations continue to be Charlotte for the Meineke Bowl (Dec. 26) and the St. Petersburg Bowl (Dec. 19).

According to Will Webb, the executive director of the Meineke Bowl, Rutgers is high on the list, and possible matchup with Big East defector Boston College would be of interest.

"Miami could also fall in there, and you'd get the same thing,'' Webb said.

As the Scarlet Knights enter the weekend, two key things are on the table that gives them the best path to Charlotte.

First, Rutgers needs to beat a bad Louisville team.

Second, Notre Dame needs to lose Stanford.

It would also help if Pittsburgh beats West Virginia, which would set up the Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati winner going to the BCS, and the loser heading to the Gator Bowl.

Of course, the Meineke Bowl doesn't want West Virginia for a second straight year, unless it involves a matchup with former Mountaineers coach and current Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Mr. Versatility
Mohamed Sanu may be a freshman, but the receiver is already part of the program's history because of his ability to produce touchdowns in a variety of ways.

Sanu is the first Scarlet Knight to have a running touchdown, throw for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass since Bruce Presley did it in 1993.

He is second on the team in catches (40) and receiving yards (427), and fourth in rushing (110). He is also averaging six yards on 12 punt returns.


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