Rutgers has had a solid start to their 2009 season. They lost their first game 47-15 to No. 14 Cincinnati. Since then, there has been a new starting quarterback named and a three-game winning streak.
Rutgers is looking like they could become a nationally-ranked team. Even though the teams they have played the last couple of weeks are not top-notch, they have shown they can be a top 25 team.
On October 16, Rutgers will be playing Pittsburgh. If the Scarlet Knights play well against them, they may have a national ranking in sight. There are five key players that have to play well in order for this to happen.
Savage was named starting QB in Week Two, after Dom Natale performed sub-par Week One against Cincinnati. Savage has had a very good season so far, going 34-of-64 for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
Savage recently injured his head in a 23-15 win over FIU and was not able to play in the 34-13 win over Maryland. If Rutgers wants to become nationally-ranked, they definitely need Savage to recover.
Martinek had a stellar 147-yard game against Maryland. He is currently leading the team in rushing yards with 360 and also has three touchdowns. Martinek will definitely need to continue his stellar performances for Rutgers to become nationally-ranked.
D'Imperio is one of the stars of the Scarlet Knights defense and a preseason first-team All-Big East selection by Sporting News. In the 23-15 win over FIU in Week Three, D'Imperio ran an interception back for a 38-yard touchdown.
McCourty is in his senior season as a Scarlet Knight and is an All-Big East second team selection by Athlon Sports. McCourty is well-known because he and his brother Jason started at both cornerback positions for the past two years.
Jason has gone on to the NFL with the Titans. McCourty has had a wonderful season so far and has lead the team in tackles several times.
Te has gotten off to an acceptable start this season. When Te came to Rutgers, he was expected to be the next Jeremy Ito. Te is 8-for-11 on field goals this year and will certainly have to improve that for Rutgers to become nationally-ranked.