2009 Rutgers Scarlet Knights College Football Predictions
2009 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Predictions
2008 Record: (8-5, 5-2)
Coach: Greg Schiano, (46-51 overall)
Off. Coordinator: Kyle Flood and Kirk Ciarroca (1st year)
Def. Coordinator: Bob Fraser (1st year) and Ed Pinkham (1st year)
Returning Starters: 16 (8 offense, 6 defense, punter, kicker)
Ret. Starting Quarterback: No
Offense: College football is all about “next man up”. That’s the case with Rutgers as they must replace record-setting quarterback Mike Teel and their top wide receiver (Kenny Britt). Fifth-year seniors Domenic Natale (6-2, 210) and Jabu Lovelace (6-2, 215) will battle it out for the starting job. Watch out for redshirt freshman D.C. Jefferson (6-6,2 40). The top four running backs, return including junior Kordell Young who led the Scarlet Knights with 554 yards and five TDs in just eight games. The receiving corps has been decimdate with Britt and Tiquan Underwood gone to graduation along with Dennis Campbell (dismissed). Tim Brown is the only returning wideout who hauled in a touchdown pass last season. The strength will be the offensive line, as they return five starters including second-team All-Big East selection Anthony Davis (6-6, 325) at left tackle.
Defense: Greg Schiano relinquishes his duties as defensive coordinator and hands the reins to assistants
Bob Fraser and Ed Pinkham. The defense returns six starters from a unit that allowed just 18.9ppg and 326.9 yards per game (33rd in the nation). The defensive line returns the ends and not the tackles. Junior Alex Silverstro (6-4, 250) was a tackle last year, but moves to end. At linebacker, senior Ryan D’Imperio (6-3, 240) becomes the leader after recording 93 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as a junior. In the secondary, there is some concern at one corner spot. Senior Devin McCourty returns as a three-year starter at the other position.
Outlook: Rutgers has to find a quarterback first and foremost. If they find one, they should be able to get through Army, Texas Southern, Howard and Florida International with no problem. A road game against Maryland is tough, but they have West Virginia, Pitt and South Florida at home. That’s beneficial for a good but not great team to win the Big East.
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