In the three years since a magical 2006 campaign brought Rutgers a whisker away from the school’s first-ever Big East Football Championship, the Scarlet Knights have failed to manage a finish higher than fourth in the eight-team conference.
This year, Rutgers returns a trio of young, talented skill position players from a team that went 9-4 and won the St. Petersburg Bowl against UCF.
But a largely unproven offensive line and an inexperienced secondary could once again relegate the Scarlet Knights to the middle of the pack.
If nothing else, coach Greg Schiano knows he can count on his quarterback, where returning starter Tom Savage looks to build on a rookie season in which he threw for more than 2,200 yards and earned Freshman All-America honors.
Savage’s success will be contingent on the play of wide receiver and running back Mohamed Sanu, a versatile sophomore who finished 10th in the Big East in receiving yards per game last season.