So, with that stated, here are a few of the not-so-noticeable moments that took place during Rutgers' season-opening 31-0 defeat of Norfolk State on Thursday at Rutgers Stadium.
1. Missing the mark: Quarterback Tom Savage had trouble in the first half as he threw behind receivers on several occasions that cost the Scarlet Knights big gains.
2.Iron Man: Edmond Laryea played as a fullback and linebacker in the second half. His blocking was instrumental in Rutgers' first touchdown drive of the season.
3. Chas-ing playing time: True freshman quarterback Chas Dodd entered late in the fourth quarter, and he told ScarletReport.com the plan was for him to play at some point in the second half.
4. Thompson's move: True freshman Marcus Thompson played late in the game …as a defensive end after making the move from linebacker late in training camp. He has the size and explosion to excel there.
5. No non-McCourty letdown: Cornerback Brandon Bing played well in coverage and also blocked a punt and also deflected a punt. Not saying he will be the next McCourty, but he was an influence in many ways.
6. To the right: Placekicker San San Te continued his troubles from long range and consistency from short range. Both of his misses (40, 47 yards) were to the right and he was 3 for 3 from 31 yards and closer.
7. North-South Joe Red-shirt junior running back Joe Martinek didn't look to bounce plays outside much, which is good for his running style and the running game. He was getting up the field and ran physical.
8. The Forgotten One?: On a talented defensive line, end Alex Silvestro is often over-looked, but not this night. His explosion was quick and he spent time in the backfield with four tackles for loss.
9. Fourth-down trouble: On the opening possession of the second half, Rutgers couldn't gain a yard on fourth-and-1 when Martinek went left and was stuffed.
10. Remembering pad level: Freshman running back Jordan Thomas had a chuckle with ScarletReport.com after the game talking about a big hit he took in the third quarter running out of his own end zone. He has talent, but needs to remember to keep his pad level low.