In ScarletReport.com's final piece geared toward today's season opener pitting Rutgers against Norfolk State, we look at some of the notable players for the Scarlet Knights this season. From the Top Impact Players to Training Camp Risers to our pick for a breakout season and more, ScarletReport.com has you covered.
Before heading to Rutgers
Stadium, or firing up the laptop and tuning in the radio in preparation for Rutgers' opener against Norfolk State tonight (7:30), ScarletReport.com figured it would give you a quick, final primer, not only for the game, but the season.
Want to know who will have the biggest impact, the top risers in training camp, the biggest question marks and more? Well, we've done our best to identify those things, and a few other fun tidbits.
1. QB Tom Savage –
He gets the ball every non-Wildcat snap, and has the physical talent to be the best quarterback Rutgers produced in a long, long time.
2. WR Mohamed Sanu –
When Savage isn't taking the snap, Sanu likely will be. He is also Rutgers' best receiver.
3. DT Scott Vallone –
He may not make a bundle of tackles, but others will because of the attention he commands.
4. FS Khaseem Greene – Zaire Kitchen
was known for his big hits, and Greene can deliver them in the same way.
5. MLB Steve Beauharnais –
He is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, can run side-to-side and is an effective blitzer.
Top Training Camp Risers
1. RB Jordan Thomas –
The true freshman arrived as a receiver and now is second on the depth chart at running back.
2. WR Jeremy Deering –
Florida freshman was expected to be a great athlete, and he moved to second team in a matter of weeks.
3. PR Mason Robinson –
He won the job of making sure the ball remains with Rutgers on a punt because of his sure-handedness in camp.
4. QB Chas Dodd –
The true freshman is the backup and showed his strong arm and knowledge of the game can offset his 6-foot height.
5. CB Marcus Cooper –
He was shifted from receiver in the spring, and finds himself on the two-deep.
Biggest Question Marks
1. LT Desmond Stapleton –
Protecting Savage's blind side will give the offense peace of mind, and Savage time to throw.
2. DE Jonathan Freeny –
Can he be the first-team rush end every great defense needs? He should be, but must prove it.
3. CB Brandon Bing –
He is in the same spot as last year – starting. Will he hold onto it this time because of better prep work?
4. WR Mark Harrison –
Life will be so much better on offense is he becomes the complement to Sanu.
5. SLB Manny Abreu –
He can be a devastating tackler and has the footwork to play in coverage. Can he put it all together?
Who will surprise?
TE D.C. Jefferson –
Everyone knows the converted quarterback has the talent to play the position, but he is yet to show everyone his enormous potential because he is still a neophyte at the position. But he is 6-foot-6, 258 pounds, can catch the ball and could give the Scarlet Knights an offensive weapon that will open the field in many other ways.
Best player you don't yet know
LG Betim Bujari –
No, it is not sexy, but three years from now when he is an all-conference player and the driving force in the running game, everyone will love him. He is a true freshman who is second on the depth chart, and could push his way into the starting lineup sooner rather than later.