Rutgers Football Preview 2010: Brought to You by the Letters B, C, and S

Dani CaplanCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2010

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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I hope you enjoyed that little Sesame Street pun. Anyways, the 2010 College Football season is quickly approaching us, so it’s time for the team previews.

The Big East is in for another wide open race, and Rutgers is right in the thick of the unpredictable chase for the BCS. They have some returning star power that could lead them to a big-time bowl. Here’s a look at each facet of the 2010 Scarlet Knights.

Passing Game: The Scarlet Knight air attack looks good for ’10. Tom Savage is the most experienced (and probably the most talented) quarterback in the Big East.

He is not short of targets. The receiving core starts with super-athlete Mohamed Sanu, who accumulated an impressive 51 receptions and 631 yards as a true freshman.

Among the remaining receivers there are a combined eight receptions. The rest of the weapons, albeit inexperienced, are full of potential and talent.

There are two WR’s fighting to start opposite Sanu. One is Mark Harrison, a big bodied receiver who is surprisingly fast and has drawn comparisons to Rutgers’ most decorated WR ever, Kenny Britt.

The other, Quron Pratt, is smaller, but impressed at the team’s spring game.

Two other names who could surface are Tim Wright, a All Spring-Team member, and Brandon Coleman, a 6'6" highly touted, true freshman.

At tight end, DC Jefferson will look to improve upon a promising Red-shirt freshman season.

Running Game: If the offensive line holds up, the ground game should be very stable for Rutgers. “Jersey” Joe Martinek, a power-style running back, returns after nearly eclipsing the 1,000 yard plateau in 2009. Despite him being under the radar, Martinek can really get it done, especially late in the game. The Knights should also get good production from explosive back De’Antwan Williams. Williams’ big-play ability should be a nice complement to Martinek’s smash mouth style.

Talented true freshman Jawan Jamison and Casey Turner should contribute to the Scarlet Knight backfield also. Last but certainly not least, Mohamed Sanu will take snaps out of the Wildcat and pound for yards with his bulkier frame.

Offensive Line: The O-Line is the biggest uncertainty on the 2010 Rutgers squad. The ’09 line lost three starters, including 11th overall draft pick Anthony Davis. Their top returning offensive lineman is Art Forst who will transition from guard to tackle. The other returning starter is Howard Barbieri, who will take over the starting center duties.

The second tackle position will be taken over by sparsely used Desmond Stapleton who has started just a couple of games in his career. Calub Ruch, who started for most of the 2008 season, was hampered by injuries in ’09, and as a result was forced to sit out all but two games. He’ll start at guard this year. The last Starting Guard position will be taken by either Antwan Lowery or Desmond Wynn who has three starts under his belt.

This line has potential, as each starter has some sort of experience. Though the lack of cohesiveness across the line might hurt their chances to thrive. If the line is successful, the whole offense will be boosted. On the other hand, if Tom Savage is on his back all season, the Scarlet Knight offense will be doomed.


To see the preview for the Scarlet Knight defense, along with the season overview, go to this link